News Plane Crashes — 25 March 2017

Authorities confirm that one person has died following a plane crash near Union City.

The Union City Police Department reports that at approximately 3:20 p.m. March 24 firefighters were called to a small plane crash and grass fire near S. 104 Street and Alfadale.

Shortly after the crash police confirmed the pilot of the plane had died.

Police say a building was involved but couldn’t confirm the extent of the damage.
“Just the winds blowing 37 miles per hour out of the south.

The plane crashed right behind the houses. The fires going to burn towards the north, so it burned right up to the houses,” said Union City Police Chief, Richard Stephens.

Chief Stephens said the plane crashed not too far from a home. A neighbor was home at the time. Police said the neighbor didn’t see it crash, but heard the accident.

The grass fire got pretty close to a couple of homes. The most difficult part for firefighters was limited access to water.

“This is an area where there’s not much water. There’s no hydrants here, so we have to bring in every drop of water,” Stephens said. “So that’s always an issue.

So lucky we have those resources with us and surrounding us.”
The size of the fire has not been released at this time.

Police said FAA or NTSB will determine the pilots identity, make of the plane and the flight path.

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