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Kansas Man Dies in Connecticut Plane Crash

October 17, 2011

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October 17, 2011

A 64-year-old Mission Hills, Kansas, man died on Sunday when his plane went down during its approach to Danbury Municipal Airport in Danbury, Connecticut.

On its way down the plane scraped the home of a 91-year-old Danbury woman who was standing in her kitchen balancing her checkbook. The plane crashed into her backyard around 8:10 p.m. She was uninjured.

"I heard something gigantic,” the homeowner said. “I had never heard something like that in my life. I feel like it's a miracle for me to be here. I called 911 and told them that there was a plane in my backyard. To me, it looked like a huge toy plane.”

The Connecticut Post reports that the pilot had flown his plane, a single-engine Cirrus SR22 registered to Cirrwood LLC, into Danbury to see a business partner. He had taken off at 6:48 p.m. from Easton/Newman Field in Easton, Maryland, and had been scheduled to touch down in Danbury at 8:24 p.m.

“It’s a very unfortunate that we had the plane have an accident,” said Danbury Municipal Airport Administrator Paul Estefan on Monday. “And now we have to find out why … [The pilot] was on short approach. He was approximately half a mile to the runway. [The plane had] a turbo-charged engine on it. And it's good for high-altitude flight.”

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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