1 dead in small plane crash in Danbury

October 17, 2011 3:17:36 PM PDT
A small airplane clipped a house and crashed in Danbury on Sunday evening, killing the pilot, officials said.

It was the second plane crash near the airport in less than a month.

The fatality was confirmed by Mayor Mark Boughton, but the identity of the victim was not immediately released. Boughton said in a Twitter posting that the plane crashed next to the kitchen window of a 91-year-old woman who was not hurt.

"She's a tough old bird," the woman's son, Paul Valeri, told The Hartford Courant. "She came out and says she never heard a noise that loud in all her life."

The single-engine, propeller-driven plane went down shortly after 8 p.m. after losing contact with the tower at Danbury Municipal Airport, Federal Aviation Authority spokesman Jim Peters told The Courant.

The FAA said the plane was a single-engine propeller-driven aircraft - a Cirrus SR-22. The plane is registered to Cirrwood LLC., at 5650 High Drive in Mission Hills, Kansas.

The plane glanced off a house and knocked off a gutter, Danbury Fire Capt. Bernie Meehan told the newspaper.

On Oct. 1, another small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Danbury airport, landing about a mile away on a lawn in Ridgefield after clipping the tops of several trees. The pilot was treated for non-life threatening injuries.