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Small plane crashes in backyard of Upstate home


Spartanburg fire crews and city police are investigating after a small plane crashed into the backyard of a home along St. James Drive on Saturday afternoon.”I just heard something making noise. I thought it was just a limb breaking. Then I look around and see something white coming out of the trees…and it was a plane!” said Sammy Middlebroka, who witnessed the crash as he was outside cleaning his truck, “There was this woman coming out of the airplane. And she got the rest of them out by the time we got there.”Three people in the plane were injured and taken to the hospital, Spartanburg fire officials said.”I don’t want to speculate on the condition of the patients, but the fact that this didn’t hit a house, they didn’t crash and burn, it could have been much worse for those three,” said Brad Hall, Assistant Chief for Spartanburg Fire Department. Fire crews stabilized the plane from falling down from a tree and used foam to keep fuel from leaking or sparking a fire. It is unclear what caused this plane to crash. The Federal Aviation Administration is going to the scene to investigate, Spartanburg fire officials said.

Spartanburg fire crews and city police are investigating after a small plane crashed into the backyard of a home along St. James Drive on Saturday afternoon.

“I just heard something making noise. I thought it was just a limb breaking. Then I look around and see something white coming out of the trees…and it was a plane!” said Sammy Middlebroka, who witnessed the crash as he was outside cleaning his truck, “There was this woman coming out of the airplane. And she got the rest of them out by the time we got there.”

Three people in the plane were injured and taken to the hospital, Spartanburg fire officials said.

“I don’t want to speculate on the condition of the patients, but the fact that this didn’t hit a house, they didn’t crash and burn, it could have been much worse for those three,” said Brad Hall, Assistant Chief for Spartanburg Fire Department.

Fire crews stabilized the plane from falling down from a tree and used foam to keep fuel from leaking or sparking a fire.

It is unclear what caused this plane to crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration is going to the scene to investigate, Spartanburg fire officials said.

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