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Plane crashes into building in Herndon

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Two people suffered minor injuries when a small plane crashed into the living room of an apartment in Herndon shortly after midnight Friday morning.

(Photo: Luis Urbina)

Capt. Willie Bailey with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue says the plane ran out of fuel early Friday and crashed, injuring two people - one in the apartment and one in the Cessna 177B.

David Ventura, who lives in the apartment, was awaken from a deep sleep, when the plane crashed into his house.

"It was like an explosion,” he says. “Air craft was stuck in our roof."

Ventura, his wife and their two small boys, ages 1 and 6, were sleeping at the time. They made it out with minor injuries.

“My wife was screaming … my kids were so scared,” Ventura says.

The plane was headed from the Philadelphia area to Manassas Regional Airport, but was forced to reroute when it ran out of fuel. The pilots were on their way to Dulles International Airport when it fell out of the sky.

The pilot, William Larson, 61, of Vienna, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The plane's only passenger, Tache L. Alejandro of Orlando, Fla., suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

When the plane crashed into one of the apartment buildings, the pilot stumbled out of the plane and told one of the residents, "I think we hit your apartment."

Cranes removed the plane from the building at about 7 a.m. Friday.

There were four adults and two children asleep in the apartment at the time of the crash. One of the adults, a 33-year-old female, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No one else in the apartment was injured, nor any others in the apartment building.

The Red Cross is helping nine adults, seven children and three pets who had to leave the building.

According to aviation records, the Cessna 177B is registered to Aerial Photographers LLC, a Vienna-based company, and was manufactured in 1972. Officials say Lasron and Alejandro were taking infrared photos in the region when the trouble began.

See a video below of the pilot flying the plane.

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