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Small plane crashes into three homes, erupts in flames in Louisiana

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Witnesses say the plane clipped a house, then slammed into two others in Baker, La., before bursting into flames.

A small airplane crashed into three homes near Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, clipping one before slamming into two others and erupting into a ball of flames, officials said. 

The King Air 200 plunged into a residential area in Baker, La., shortly after 1 p.m. local time, said Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps.

Emergency responders and authorities from multiple agencies were at the scene investigating the cause of the fiery crash, Knaps said.

The plane’s unidentified pilot was killed in the accident, but there were no injuries on the ground, according to NBC station KSLA in Shreveport. Knaps declined to confirm any fatalities but said the FAA would release more information after finishing a preliminary investigation.

Witnesses say they saw the aircraft clip one house and strike two others before ramming into a nearby tree, scattering jet fuel around the area, Knaps said.

“It hit the tree and spun 180 degrees,” Knaps said. “The plane looks like it went through a blender. You can see one piece of the wing and part of the tail. That’s about it.”

Authorities found the plane and the two damaged residences engulfed in flames and plumes of smoke when they arrived at the scene minutes after the crash, according to officials.

More coverage from NBC affiliate WVLA News33 in Baton Rouge

One of the  homes suffered damage to about 75 percent of the structure, Knaps said. Fortunately, no one was in the hardest-hit homes at the time of the crash, although at least one person was inside the house clipped by the plane, according to officials.