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Cessna crashes into house

The pilot of a twin-engine Cessna T303 Crusader was killed after crashing the small plane into a house in central Virginia.

The Virginia State Police told the Associated Press that the pilot, whose name has not yet been reported, landed the Cessna at about noon Thursday at the Louisa (Va.) County Airport, where he stopped to refuel.

He was traveling from the Manassas (Va.) Regional Airport to Danville, Va., when he stopped in Louisa and took off with 148 gallons of fuel. He crashed minutes later, about a quarter-mile from the airport, the state police reported.

The pilot was alone in the six-seat plane. Police said the home’s owner was in the basement when the plane crashed into the house, and was not injured. The owner, whose name also has not yet been reported, was able to escape his burning home safely.

The state police, the Federal Aviation Agency and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. According to the National Weather Service, the weather forecast for noon Thursday in Louisa, Va. was sunny and warm, with temperatures at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

About the T303 Crusader

The Cessna Aircraft Company is headquartered in Wichita, Kan. While the company is well-known for its small, piston-powered aircraft, it also produces business jets. The orginal Cessna 303 Clipper was first flown in 1978, and was a low-wing four-seat twin-engine plane. The T303 Crusader was developed after market demand for the four-seaters declined and Cessna redesigned the plane as a six-passenger plane.

The plane that crashed Thursday is described as being an all-metal, low-wing aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage. The last T303 models were made in 1985.





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