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Herndon family left traumatized after plane crashes into home

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Just after midnight Friday morning a small plane crashed into a Herndon apartment, leaving two people inside with minor injuries. Now the family is moving into a new home, but they say the crash is something they soon won’t forget.

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The single-engine Cessna took a nosedive through the roof of David Ventura’s third floor apartment. His wife and two young boys were sleeping at the time. They made it out with minor injuries, but five days later, Ventura says his family is still traumatized.

“The little one, he [woke] up last night and he was screaming,” he says.

Aboard, pilot William Larson and his passenger, Alejandro Tache, calmly called 911 from the wreckage. They were headed from the Philadelphia area to Manassas Regional Airport, but were forced to reroute to Dulles International Airport when they ran out of fuel. That’s when they fell out of the sky.

Larson, 61, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Tache suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene.

The Ventura’s and their roommate, Sebastian Sorto, are hoping to move to another unit. The 26-year-old truck driver has lost a week of work, many belongings, and a sense of safety.

“When you don’t have a house, what is next?” he says.

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