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Orlando man hurt as plane crashes into Virginia apartment

HERNDON, Va. – 

Two people, including an Orlando man, were hurt after a small plane crashed into the living room of a third-story apartment outside Washington, Virginia State Police said Friday.

The two-seat, single engine Cessna crashed through the roof of the apartment building in Herndon after it had electrical problems and its engine cut off, and came to rest on the living room floor, police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The tail of the plane poked through the roof and a window of the apartment appeared to be blown out.

The Washington Post identified the pilot as William Larson, 61, and the passenger as Tache L. Alejandro, 39, of Orlando.

David Ventura, who lives in the apartment with his family, was awakened by the loud crash and said he was shocked to discover a plane in his living room with two men crawling out asking if everyone was OK.

“That’s the last thing that is going to come to your mind,” he told WRC-TV.

Four adults and two children were asleep in the apartment at the time, Geller said. Ventura told WTTG-TV that one of his two children slept through the crash and had to be woken up.

The pilot was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries, and Alejandro was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Ventura said his wife was shaken by the incident and was taken to the hospital, too.

The two men were taking infrared photographs for an aerial photography company, Geller said. They took off from Northeast Philadelphia Airport and were headed to Manassas Regional Airport, but rerouted to Dulles when they ran low on fuel.

The Red Cross said it was helping about 20 people who were removed from the damaged building.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were investigating.

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