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Plane crashes into two homes in New Jersey

At least two houses in New Jersey were gutted by fire after a Cessna 414 plane crashed into one of them on Tuesday, October 29th before the fire spread to the second house.

The FAA said the plane came down on Berkley Avenue in Colonia at 11 am. At least two houses are said to be on fire after the Cessna 414 hit a property. Images from the scene show emergency crews on the residential street as fire crews battle the flames.

An employee for a local NBC News affiliate who reportedly lives a block away from the crash told New Jersey’s News 4 there was “very heavy flames and very heavy black smoke coming up from the fire” on Tuesday morning. He said he heard the noise of the impact from his home. 

Firefighters rushing to the scene

The outlet reported a sudden drop in visibility at the nearby Linden Airport from 10 miles (16 kilometers) to two miles (3 kilometers) around the time of the crash.

More than 200 firefighters were battling back the blaze, John McCormac, the mayor of Colonial, New Jersey, told CBS News

There were no reported injuries on the ground, and nobody was in the house the plane crashed into on Tuesday. 

“This is all hands on deck,” the mayor said. 

He also said it was “fortunate” that nobody was home at the time, adding: “There was a car in the driveway, so everybody thought somebody was home, but nobody was home, they confirmed with the owner.”

A next-door neighbor reportedly managed to escape before the flames consumed her home as well. 

The plane reportedly appeared to be traveling from Virginia to Linden at the time of the crash.