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July 25, 2013

Small plane crashes into house in central Indiana

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A small, home-built plane piloted by an 81-year-old man crashed into a house Thursday in central Indiana, injuring the pilot and his passenger while a woman inside the home escaped unscathed before the aircraft's wreckage burst into flames, authorities said.

The plane, piloted by Gerald H. Clayton of Columbus, crashed shortly after takeoff and plowed into the back of a house in a subdivision just south of Columbus Municipal Airport, said Columbus police Lt. Matt Myers.

Clayton and passenger Dennis King, 60, of Columbus, had already exited the aircraft when he arrived and spoke to one of the men, Myers said. They had burns, cuts and abrasions.

"He knew he was fortunate to be alive. He was concerned about his buddy," Myers said.

Neighbors said both men were able to walk to ambulances unaided after the crash in Columbus, a city about 40 miles south of Indianapolis.

Wishard Memorial Hospital spokesman Todd Harper said Clayton was listed in serious condition and King was in fair condition Thursday afternoon in the hospital's burn unit.

Hiroko Nakao, 51, said she was inside her home doing laundry when the impact of the crash shook her house, destroying a sun room and shattering windows. She fled to a neighbor's house uninjured and called her husband at work.

"She said, 'House is burning! Fire!" said her husband, Tadashi Nakao, 53. "I couldn't believe it when I got the phone call from her. I thought she was joking."

The crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. in a well-manicured neighborhood about a mile from the city's airport, Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said. Witnesses said they saw the plane flying extremely low and that its engine didn't sound normal just before the crash, which was followed moments later by a fiery explosion.

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