McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed when he smacked the experimental aircraft into the garage of a home on Monday afternoon just feet from a woman inside.
"I heard a big bang and saw something shoot from the sky across, hit my fence, and propel across the street into my neighbor's driveway and take out their trash can and recycling can," Lorraine Brown told KGW.
Another witness said the sound was so loud and indistinguishable it sent everybody outside "We were just in the living room chatting and stuff, and the kids were playing around and then we just heard a boom. So we thought something fell or it was a tree from the outside," she told KGW.
The Lancair O-235 ripped open the roof, leaving a big hole in the house at Northwest 22nd and Elm.
56-year-old Charles Yochelson of Sheridan was killed on impact. Neighbors tried to save him but it was too late. One witness said "I felt the guy's pulse and everything to see if he was alive, and he got no pulse. Then we called 9-1-1."
The FAA and NTSB are investigating what caused him to crash.
Luckily, the homeowner was not hurt, but there's a big repair job ahead. She was three feet away and escaped with her pets.