Morgan Tanabe, abc15.com staff
8:51 PM, Sep 18, 2016
GILBERT, AZ - A pilot is being treated for minor burns and four skydivers escaped uninjured after a small plane crashed into a Gilbert home Saturday night.
The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night near Ray and Gilbert roads.
An FAA spokesperson says the Cessna 182 plane crashed in the neighborhood during parachute operations.
Gilbert police say the small plane was carrying skydivers for the annual Constitution Fair.
The pilot is hospitalized with minor burns after landing half a mile away from where the plane went down, Gilbert fire officials said. Four skydivers ejected from the plane and landed safely.
According to officials, the pilot noticed flames on the wing before the plane went down. An FAA spokesperson said circumstances surrounding the crash are unclear at this time.
Two people inside the Gilbert home were able to get out unhurt after the plane crashed toward the back of the house.
A Gofundme account posted by a supposed family member of the pilot identifies him as Ryan Kilgore and states that he was injured, but is in the hospital recovering. We are awaiting official confirmation on the identity of the pilot, and have gotten any response directly from the family.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Cessna 182 Skylane
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|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5|
|Airplane damage:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Maricopa County south of Gilbert, AZ - United States of America|
The aircraft experienced an inflight fire and subsequent impact with a house north-northeast of the Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD), Chandler, Arizona. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot and four skydivers onboard departed inflight by parachute. The pilot received serious injuries and the four skydivers were uninjured. The house was occupied by two persons at the time of impact, who survived uninjured.