HILLTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — We now know the name of one of the victims who was killed in a small plane crash Thursday in a residential Bucks County neighborhood. Federal investigators are now trying to figure out what happened.
The victim has been identified as Brian Filippini of Philadelphia.
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The plane crashed in the middle of a neighborhood not far from Central Middle School in Hilltown Township, near Perkasie.
You can see how close this plane was to hitting a house in a security video that captured it all.
In the video, you can hear a small plane sputtering before you see a ball of fire in the sky.
CBS3 saw the wreckage of the single-engine Beechcraft up close Friday in Hilltown Township.
Authorities say two people inside the plane died. Neighbors say it’s lucky no one else was hurt.
“The pillar flew into our upstairs bedroom, so it was just laying on the floor in our upstairs bedroom,” Monica Rush said.
You can see a closed hole in Rush’s house where one of the plane’s propeller blades flew. Plane fragments also hit two other houses in the neighborhood.
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“We were extremely lucky that we didn’t take more damage than us and no one was injured,” Rush said.
The NTSB is investigating what led to the crash, but it’s clear to Arthur Wolk, an aviation law expert.
“There was a loss of power or engine failure,” he said.
Wolk says the shape of the propeller after the crash reveals why.
“If you look at the propeller, it’s almost straight, it’s almost blank. And if there was power on the engine when the plane crashed, that propeller would be wound up like a pretzel,” Wolk said.
The FAA said the plane left Doylestown Airport and was heading for Gunden Airport in Perkasie, less than four miles from here before it started sputtering.
“It’s not unusual. It is described by many witnesses when there is an engine failure. You hear a pop,” Wolk said.
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A sign on the victim’s front door says he was a loving father, husband and friend. The NTSB says it will complete a preliminary report within the next two weeks.