- Posted February 4, 2012 by
Plane Hits House
The pilot, two passengers and a small dog survived the wreck, as did the resident of the house who was home at the time of the accident, said Fire Chief Dave Dedman of the Kalispell Montana fire dept.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be in Kalispell on Sunday to investigate the cause of the crash, reported at 1:33 p.m. Saturday."On their way down, they clipped two to three smaller trees, and they made impact initially with three vehicles prior to being flipped on their top and sliding into the house," Dedman said. "So I'm thinking some of the energy was absorbed by these vehicles."He said the vehicles were parked and unoccupied at the time, and they are damaged but not completely demolished. The pilot and passengers were treated on scene, refused care and drove themselves to the hospital, according to the chief. He believes the one male and two females are local but could not confirm it or the nature of their trip.
The damage to the house appears to be extensive, Dedman said. An estimate was not available Saturday, but the chief said the home was evacuated and the resident will be spending the night elsewhere.
The small aircraft penetrated through the lower level wall, and the plane is sitting half in the house, half out .
Local residents heard the engine sputtering and some saw the 1977 Piper Turbo Arrow go down.