A fire department official says the four skydivers aboard a plane that later crashed into a suburban home landed as planned near the crash site.
According to the Gilbert Police Department, the plane was carrying skydivers for the annual Constitution Fair.
An aircraft mechanic witnessed the crash and said the Cessna 182 was in trouble before it ploughed into the house in Gilbert, Maricopa County. He was hospitalized with burns to his forearms and is expected to survive, according to Hildebrandt.
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A couple were happily watching TV in their living room on Saturday night - when a plane crashed right into their home.
"He [ pilot ] made communication with his communications and just identified that his wing was on fire, and he was having aircraft issues", Hildebrandt said.
Haunting footage of the unmanned plane falling out of the sky was uploaded to social media by locals, who initially thought the blaze was a "fireball".
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Wreckage from a plane that crashed into a home in Gilbert, Ariz., sits on a flatbed on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.
Another resident said he saw a "ball of flame" go straight down. The plane's four passengers, all skydivers bailed out of the plane and landed safely.
"This is the first that we've ever seen this in Gilbert, to my knowledge", Hildebrandt said.
FAA online records list the plane as being registered to a Chandler business.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kinetzer said the NTSB is leading the investigation into the cause of the crash, and he referred inquiries to the NTSB.
That plane then struck the roof of a home, causing a huge fire.