COLUMBUS, Ind. - A single-engine private plane carrying two people crashed into a home in Columbus, Indiana Thursday morning.
Joe Andrew, who lives six houses down from the scene of the crash, said he was working on his car in his driveway when the plane crashed:
"I heard the plane, and I looked up, and right across the street from me, it was about maybe 75 feet high. I thought, he's way too low, and the engine didn't sound right. The engine was running. He kept losing altitude… I saw him disappear behind the houses six houses down from me. I heard the impact and I called 911 right away... I ran down there and another neighbor I know… saw the passengers and one passenger had flames on his back, he helped put them out, then his wife was helping another passenger. He was thrown out of the plane. They were both walking."
Wishard Memorial Hospital said they'd received two patients who were airlifted from Columbus.
Hospital officials told RTV6 that both patients have severe burns, but they are both expected to survive. The identities of the patients have not been released, but they are middle-aged men.
Thomas said emergency crews told him one of the men from the plane told them, "Thank God I'm alive," as they were treating him at the scene. First responders said both men were awake and communicating at the scene.
Few details were released about what caused the plane to go down, but it was taking off at the time of the crash.
The house caught fire, but crews had the fire mostly under control just before 11 a.m. A woman who lives in the home was there at the time of the crash, but she was uninjured.
Another neighbor who was out for a walk at the time of the crash said he ducked when the plane was coming, because it was so close.
"I was walking on this street and I… realized the plane had lost its control, and it came very close. I saw the plane crash, and I immediately saw the fire. I was very scared, and I did not know what to do," he said.