The multi-engine, propeller-driven plane struck the small homes a few blocks from Tweed New Haven Airport as it went in for a landing, lodging its left wing in one house and its right wing in the other.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Robert Gretz said Friday night there were unconfirmed casualty reports of two or three people in the plane and two or three people in one of the homes. He said local and state authorities were at the scene looking for victims.
Less than two hours later, Malloy said rescuers had spotted two bodies, including one of an adult, but hadn’t recovered them. The plane’s fuselage had entered one of the houses, and the recovery effort was focusing on the home’s basement, he said.
Tweed’s airport manager, Lori Hoffman-Soares, said the pilot had been in communication with air traffic control and hadn’t issued any distress calls.
“All we know is that it missed the approach and continued on,” she said.
A neighbor, David Esposito, said he heard a loud noise and then a thump: “No engine noise, nothing.”
“A woman was screaming her kids were in there,” he said.
Wilson Idrovo said he was working on a house nearby when his son said: “Daddy, the airplane is falling down.”
Idrovo said he went into the house but couldn’t get into a room where the plane had crashed.
“I feel so bad,” he said.
“It kind of was gliding,” she said. “The next thing I know it hit the house.”
Another neighbor, Pablo Arenas, said he and his neighbors live in fear of the planes. He said some pilots appear to be novices in training, while others said planes often fly low and larger aircraft have begun using the airport in recent years.
“It’s total devastation in the back of the home,” he said.
Neighbors said the woman moved into the neighborhood recently.
Associated Press writer Michael Melia in Hartford, Conn. contributed to this report.
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