Three killed in US as small plane crashes into backyard

Pieces of debris spread out over four backyards

Afp August 09, 2019
Rep image. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK: Three people were killed on Thursday when a small aircraft crashed into the backyard of a home in a residential neighborhood near Philadelphia, the United States (US) police said.

The single-engine propeller plane came down shortly after 6:00 am in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania, around 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Philadelphia, according to local police.

They said in a statement that they received a call from a resident "reporting a plane crash in their backyard."

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"The police department was able to determine that the plane had three passengers, all of whom were deceased," the Upper Moreland force said.

The victims were a husband and wife, aged 60 and 54 respectively, and their 19-year-old daughter, the statement added.

No one on the ground was injured, Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy told reporters, adding that the plane had not issued a distress call.

"There are pieces of debris spread out over four backyards," he told a news conference.

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