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    Four Dead in Conn., Plane Crash

    By By Meghan Evans, meteorologist
    August 12, 2013, 10:26:32 AM EDT

    Instagram user ariana_mariee posted this video of the smoke from the East Haven, Conn., plane crash on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

    A turbo-prop plane crashed into two homes in East Haven, Conn., around 11:25 a.m. EDT Friday, killing four people, officials said Saturday.

    The plane, a Twin Commander, was inverted at a 60- to 70-degree angle when it crashed into the ground and two houses, Investigator Patrick Murray of the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday during a news conference.

    At the time of the crash, there was a line of showers and thunderstorms approaching New Haven, Conn.

    "It looks like there was a gusty, heavy shower in the approach to the runway," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.


    A wind gust of 21 mph was recorded at Tweed-New Haven Airport at 11:26 a.m. EDT Friday with light rain and a visibility of 9 miles. In any heavier showers or thunderstorms nearby, the visibility could have been much lower.

    Murray explained that he could say generally that it was raining but he couldn't be more specific about the conditions and their potential impact. He said he would work with a NTSB meteorologist to develop a "weather script" of the conditions prior to the crash.


    The plane was removed from two houses and taken to a secured facility for further examination, Murray said. The plane was equipped with a ground proximity warning system, which he said may aid the investigation.

    Before the crash, the plane added fuel at Teterboro, N.J., Airport, NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Bob Gretz said Friday night. There were no anomalies in the fuel, he said.

    The mother of two children who were inside one of the homes was taken to a local hospital, East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. said Friday.

    "All things considered, she's devastated," Maturo said. "How would any mother be?"

    A preliminary report is expected within 10 business days, Murray said. It may take up to a year for the NTSB to determine the probable cause of the crash.

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