A mother named Marie Gemmell and her two young children (one of them was only a month old) died when a private jet crashed into their home. In addition, the three people on board the plane lost their lives.
News reports indicate that the plane took off from Chapel Hill, North Carolina (NC), and was approaching a runway at the Montgomery County Airpark when it went down, according to the Virginian Pilot. The private plane was reportedly flying too low and careening wildly before the tragic crash.
The 911 calls vividly illustrate the complete shock and alarm in the callers' voices.
"I just saw a jet hit a house! The house is on fire," one man said. "When he came in on final (approach), it flamed out and he went straight down into that house."
The pilot of the plane was the founder and CEO of a North Carolina clinical research organization. This pilot also crashed a different plane in Gaithersburg, Maryland (MD) on March 1, 2010, according to the aforementioned Virginian Pilot article.
Here is a news report on the Maryland plane crash:
A glaring question surrounding this incident is, "how in the world was this pilot allowed to fly again after already crashing?"
Investigators plan to look into everything that could have led to the crash, including crew experience and proficiency, training and procedures, equipment performance, weather and other factors.
Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and their loved ones. Losing someone you love is never easy, but it's even more gut-wrenching when the loss is sudden and completely unexpected. It's heartbreaking when the victims are children too.