Small Plane Crashes into Florida Neighborhood

July 11, 2007

A small plane trying to make an emergency landing crashed into a suburban Orlando, Fla., neighborhood Tuesday morning, starting two house fires and injuring at least three people, authorities said.

Both homes were largely gutted by the flames, and smoke could be seen rising from the neighborhood where the plane went down around 8:40 a.m.

Sanford, Fla., Police Department spokeswoman Cleo Cohen said at least three people were injured but did not immediately have further details on whether the victims had been in the plane or in the homes. Two of the injured were described by Seminole County Fire Lt. Paula Ritchie as having critical burns.

The twin engine Cessna 310 was registered to Competitor Liaison Bureau Inc. of Daytona Beach, said Kathleen Bergen with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was traveling from Daytona Beach to Lakeland when the pilot declared smoke in the cockpit. The pilot was attempting to land at the Orlando Sanford International Airport when the plane crashed about a mile or two north of the airport, Bergen said.

A message left with an airport spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

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