WICKENBURG, Ariz. — A twin-engine plane crashed Friday in the yard of a central Arizona home after taking off from a nearby airport and having mechanical trouble, seriously injuring both married couples aboard but nobody on the ground, authorities said.
The crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. about a half-mile from the Wickenburg municipal airport, police Lt. Amy Sloane said. Wickenburg is 52 miles northwest of Phoenix.
Sloane and Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane had taken off from the airport, where Sloane said it was based.
The pilot was Fred Gagliano and the passengers were Linda Gagliano and Patrick and Linda Brewster, all in their 60s, Sloane said.
The four were hospitalized in the Phoenix area for treatment of injuries that include a broken leg and lacerations, Sloane said. “They’re quite banged up for sure.”
She said at least one person was in the home at the time but there were no injuries on the ground.
The plane first touched down on a nearby business property before clipping a large open-topped trash trailer near the home and crashing, Sloane said.
The plane’s heavily damage fuselage landed in the yard, just yards from the home. What appeared to be a severed wing was next to the trailer on adjacent street and about a fire truck’s length away from the fuselage.
Sloane said the airport does not have a control tower, but an airport attendant called 911 after seeing the plane in trouble and going down. A voicemail left at the airport was not immediately returned.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.