Small plane crashes into house in Indiana

The site where a small plane crashed into a house in central Indiana. CBS

COLUMBUS, Ind. A small plane crashed into a house in central Indiana city early Thursday, igniting a fire and injuring two people who were on the plane, authorities said.

A woman who lived in the house told Indianapolis television stations that she was home alone when the crash happened and wasn't hurt.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. about a mile from the airport in Columbus, a city about 40 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said.

Neighbor Marion Clavin told WTHR-TV that he was inside his house when he heard two booms. When he went outside, he saw one person who got out of the plane.

"He was bleeding and he was on fire. I told him `Roll on the grass, roll on the grass!"' Clavin said.

The man told him the pilot had already gotten out of the plane, Clavin said.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known.

One of the injured is listed in critical condition with severe burns and was airlifted to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, CBS affiliate WISH-TV reports. The other person injured was taken by ambulance to an Indianapolis hospital.

Police say one of the homeowners was inside the home when the plane crashed but is not injured, WISH-TV reports.

Much of the one-story house was destroyed and little or no plane wreckage was visible from television helicopter video after the fire was extinguished. No other houses appeared to be damaged.

The resulting fire sent a smoke plume over the city on a clear day.

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