DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people were taken to the hospital after a small plane crashed into a Danbury neighborhood on Monday evening, according to authorities.
The Federation of Aviation Administration (FAA) said a single-engine Cessna 152 crashed and struck a shed between two homes on Southern Boulevard just before 6 p.m.
According to the FAA, a man and woman were on the plane and were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
“The house shook,” Marisol Acevedo said. “It thought it was an earthquake or a tree falling on the house originally. My husband went outside and said, ‘Dial 911. It’s a plane.'”
A neighbor who witnessed the crash told News 8 he heard a loud bang and thought a tree had fallen. The neighbor said their garage sustained some damage in the plane crash, but everyone inside the home was okay.
A representative from the Danbury Municipal Airport said the plane was from a local flight school practicing touch-and-go flights. The tower had just cleared the aircraft for landing when they lost contact with the pilot.
“It was staying within the airport confines, taking off and landing, taking off and landing, and they were practicing approaches and practicing landings for some time,” Michael Safranek, the manager of Danbury Municipal Airport, said.
He said the plane appeared to clip the tops of some trees, then the roof of Acevedo’s house before cartwheeling into that shed.
“The pilot seemed well,” Acevedo said. “I mean, he was pacing back and forth, and on his phone, so he was doing okay. The passenger, we had to sit down. She had minor cuts and scratches on her face.”
As quiet as the neighborhood is, Safranek said Danbury is one of New England’s five busiest general aviation airports, with many flight schools.
“We do about 60,000 touch and goes a year, or movements, as they’re called,” he said. “We have about 250 based aircraft, and we’ve been in Danbury for almost 100 years now.”
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA are investigating the cause of the crash.
In the last ten years, multiple serious crashes have occurred, including in 2014, when a plane crashed in a swamp near Danbury Airport.
In 2015, a couple who owned a Danbury restaurant died when their plane crashed into a nearby reservoir as they were coming into Danbury Airport.
Two years later, a Cessna crashed just after taking off from the airport, putting three people in the hospital.
In 2019 a battery-powered glider plane out of Danbury Airport crashed into a home.
The video below aired in our 11 p.m. broadcast on April 10, 2023.