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The Latest: NTSB investigating plane crash in Gilbert home

Posted September 18

— The Latest on a small plane crashing into a suburban Phoenix home (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

Federal investigators are at the scene of a plane crash in a suburban Phoenix neighborhood.

Gilbert Fire Department spokesman Gary Hildebrandt says firefighters were assisting National Transportation Safety Board personnel Sunday, the morning after a plane carrying several skydivers crashed into a Gilbert home.

Authorities say a Cessna 182 aircraft was carrying a pilot and four skydivers Saturday night as part of Gilbert's annual Constitution Fair when the plane crashed for unknown reasons.

According to Hildebrandt, the plane's occupants were able to parachute out before the aircraft struck the house.

Hildebrandt says the pilot was taken to a hospital with burns to his forearms but his injuries are not life-threatening.

A husband and wife inside the home escaped injury.

Fire officials say the house is a total loss.

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9:05 p.m.

Authorities say the pilot and all four skydivers have survived a fiery plane crash in a Phoenix suburb Saturday night.

Gilbert fire officials tell ABC-15 that the plane's occupants were able to eject before the aircraft struck a house. Both people inside the home escaped injury.

Gilbert police tweeted that the small plane was carrying skydivers for the annual Constitution Fair. Police say the pilot was transported to a hospital for burns.

The plane crashed around 7:30 p.m. near Ray and Gilbert roads.

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