UPDATE: Plane crashes into Louisa County home

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A private plane crashed into home on 128 Jefferson Highway off Quiet Lane near State Route 33 in the Town of Louisa.

The homeowner was in the house at the time and reportedly had just walked down to the basement of the home at the time of the crash. He was able to get out of the home through a back door as the home burned to the ground. The man was reportedly uninjured in the crash.

The impact of the crash sparked a fire that completely engulfed the plane and residence. The residence is approximately a quarter of a mile from the airport.

Route 33 reopened around 4:30 p.m. and traffic is moving fine in both directions. VDOT has left the scene.

There is one confirmed death, believed to be pilot of the plane. The body of the pilot is now at the Richmond Medical Examiners Officer to be officially IDed.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) arrived to investigate around 3:15 p.m.

Sara Burks and Herman Mallory still can't get the images out of their head. They were driving down route 33 when the plane went down.

"It caught my eye because it was sideways. Wasn't flying flat and I lost it in these trees here and when I saw it again it was coming down on top of that house right there. I hit the brakes and when I stopped the plane hit the ground and it just blew up," Mallory said.

"It was very frightening. Terrifying to see something that you know somebody's not going to walk away from," Burks said.

Heather Rosser was also driving by.

"Came down just past the house, got to the sage sign and heard a loud boom -- and lots of black smoke," Rosser said.

Witnesses say the plane turned into a fireball and they couldn't even see the house through all the black smoke.

"The house was pretty well fully involved, the plane was completely involved but they did get water on the fire pretty quick and they got it knocked out and kept it to the building of origin," said fire chief Robert Dube.

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