Plane Crashes into Gaithersburg Home; 6 Killed (Updated)

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Photo by Alex King/via Twitter/@mindCacoPhony
Photo by Alex King/via Twitter/@mindCacoPhony

A small plane crashed into a house in Gaithersburg Monday morning. All three people aboard the aircraft were killed, according to Montgomery County police.

A mother and two children who lived in the home remained unaccounted for following the initial response to the crash scene, where a total of three homes were damaged by the crash and resulting fire, according to WJLA-TV.

The Embraer twin-engine jet crashed into the home before 10:45 a.m. The crash site is located about a mile from the Montgomery County Airpark, and officials told NBC Washington the plane was approaching one of the runways when it crashed.

Resident Tracey Everett told the station he saw the plane flying low and erratic. Then, it made a barrel roll. “And that’s when it appeared to have made a dive down into the neighborhood,” he told the NBC4.

The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched an investigation team to the site, and is expected to provide an update at 4 p.m.

UPDATE (5:40 p.m.): Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer reports that three people were also killed inside of the house, bringing the total number of fatalities in the crash to six. The people found inside the house were confirmed to be the mother, and her 3-year-old and infant of the Gemmell family. They were found on the second floor of the home. The father was not at home, and a third child was at school.

One of the men aboard the plane was Michael Rosenberg, CEO of North Carolina-based Health Decisions.

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