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Three Die as Plane Slams into House

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Lock Haven, PAThree people aboard a Cessna 210 were killed Monday after the small plane crashed into a house west of the William T. Piper Memorial Airport near Lock Haven, PA. The elderly couple who lived in the house narrowly avoided being killed.

The plane, which had been chartered by the US Department of Agriculture, was on its final approach when it slammed into the house, then hit a utility pole and three vehicles. Debris littered the residential street.

Donald Probst, 81, and his wife, Shu Yaun, 75, were getting ready to go out when they heard the plane hit their house. Mr. Probst, an air force veteran of 27 years, said he knew immediately what had happened.

"I heard a big bang, and looked out the window and saw pieces lying all over the street," Mr. Probst told the Associated Press. "It tore off the whole front porch and kind of messed up my car. I couldn't open the front door; the whole roof is down in front of it. If that would have happened three or four minutes later, we would have been out the door headed for the car."

Mr. Probst added that if the plane had made it another 100 feet, it would have landed safely.



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