5 Dead After UK Jet Slams Into Home

Pilot lost control of Cessna that crashed near London
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2008 6:53 PM CDT
Police said there were "minor injuries" among people on the ground.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – All five people on a private jet were killed today when it crashed into a home outside London, the Guardian reports. One witness said the pilot appeared to lose control of the Cessna before it crashed in "a massive fireball. It seemed like a fighter jet, the noise of the engine screaming." No one was hurt on the ground, although the house of a family on vacation was destroyed, CNN reports.

Residents helped one family flee another, damaged home before eight firetrucks arrived, but firefighters waited 3 hours before battling the blaze. "The prime consideration is safety," an ambulance service rep said. "There is aviation fuel involved, and also gas canisters have been located at the scene." The victims remain unidentified and will be pulled from the wreckage tomorrow.