Minor injuries after small airplane crashes into Virginia apartment complex

By Kay Steiger
Friday, May 31, 2013 9:13 EDT
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David Ventura of Herndon Virginia (screenshot via NBC Washington)
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Three people reportedly only suffered minor injuries after a small airplane crashed into the living room of an apartment near the Dulles Airport toll road in Herndon, Virginia overnight.

NBC Washington reported that the Cessna 177B ran out of fuel around 12:30 a.m. on Friday and crashed into the Dulles Greene apartment complex, striking the living room of David Ventura. The apartment contained four people and three pets.

The pilot reported stumbled out of the plane and told one of the residents, “I think we hit your apartment,” according to WJLA.

“You are shocked, you don’t know what’s going on,” Ventura told NBC Washington’s Megan McGrath.

Capt. Willie F. Bailey with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue told WTOP that it was a “good thing it didn’t have any (fuel) when it crashed into the living room because we’d probably have a totally different scenario right now.”

WJLA reported that the small airplane is registered to Aerial Photographers LLC and the two aboard the airplane were taking infrared photographs when they encountered flight trouble.

The pilot and two others reported minor injuries, but WUSA 9′s Delia Gonçlaves reported that Ventura told her that the two children “didn’t wake up” during the crash.

No word on if the incident involved time travel or a creepy bunny suit.

Watch the video report, broadcast by NBC Washington on May 31.

Watch the video report from WJLA, broadcast on May 31.

(h/t NPR)

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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