Feds Investigating Plane Crash In Gilbert Home, Skydivers Jumped To Safety

Federal investigators are working to determine what led a plane that had been carrying several skydivers to plummet into a suburban Phoenix home.

Authorities say a Cessna 182 aircraft was carrying a pilot and four skydivers Saturday night as part of Gilbert’s annual Constitution Fair when the plane crashed for unknown reasons.

A pilot was treated for minor burns and four skydivers jumped to escaped uninjured after the small plane caught fire and crashed into a Gilbert home Saturday night at about  7:30 pm.

A husband and wife inside the home escaped injury.

Gilbert Fire Department spokesman Gary Hildebrandt says National Transportation Safety Board personnel were at the crash site Sunday. Firefighters are assisting in the investigation.

According to Hildebrandt, the plane’s occupants were able bail out and parachute to safety before the aircraft struck the house.

Hildebrandt says the pilot was taken to a hospital with burns to his forearms but that his injuries are not life-threatening.

The Gilbert Fire officials say the house is a total loss.

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