COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - Officials say two people traveling in a single-engine private plane were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a plane crashed into a house in Columbus
The home is in the 2200 block of Broadmoor Lane. After the plane crashed, the house caught fire.
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Officials say the pilot and passenger — Dennis King and Gerald Clayton — suffered burn injuries.
King and Clayton were both initially taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, but both were transferred to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis in serious condition. By Thursday afternoon, King had improved to fair condition, but Clayton remained in serious condition.
One of the residents was inside the home when the plane crashed at 9:33 a.m. Hiroko Nakao said she was confused. The native of Japan has lived in Columbus with her husband, Tadashi, for four years, but in her panic she couldn't remember the correct numbers to reach 911. Instead, she called her husband.
Hiroko Nakao was in a bedroom when the plane hit the house. She said she heard glass breaking and had no idea what happened. The couple lost everything but their vehicle. But, they said they thank God they're alive.
Police blocked off Broadmoor Lane at Central Avenue, just a block from the home. The crash was on the north side of the city, south of Rocky Ford and east of Central Avenue. It's just south of the airport.
The Columbus Fire Department was able to contain and bring the fire under control before it spread to neighboring homes.
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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix said the investigation is going to take a lot of time to complete.
Clayton and King both have a history with aviation. Clayton had built the plane the two were flying Thursday.
24-Hour News 8 is told there had been mechanical issues with the plane in the past. In October 2011, the plane was at the Decatur Airport in Illinois when its fuel needed to be drained and wings were being removed. Part of the tail had been removed as well.
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Later that day, 24-Hour News 8 is told the plane was taken away on a flat bed.
A co-worker says Clayton needed to make an emergency landing in Illinois a year and a half ago for an engine problem. That co-worker also says he spoke with Clayton two days before the crash in Columbus, who said he was testing the plane before selling it.
Clayton's co-worker says the pilot has an excellent record and follows all FAA rules and regulations.
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