Plane Crashes Into Apartment Building Near Dulles Airport

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The tail of a small plane sticks out after crashing into an apartment building near Dulles Airport. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

The tail of a small plane sticks out after crashing into an apartment building near Dulles Airport. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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Photos: Plane Sticks Out Of Apartment

HERNDON, Va. (CBSDC) — A small plane crashed into an apartment building after running out of fuel in Herndon early Friday morning.

The crash occurred around 12:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of Astoria Circle, authorities say. The garden style apartments are a short distance from Dulles Airport.

Four adults and two children were asleep when a plane with two people on-board crashed through their roof and landed squarely in their living room.

The pilot, William Larson of Vienna, was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police say. A 33-year-old woman inside the apartment was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The passenger, Tache Alejandro of Orlando, Fla., sustained only minor injuries and was treated at the scene, officials say.

No other injuries were reported.

Larson, 61, and Alejandro, who work for an aerial photography company, were in the area taking infra-red photographs.

Officials say the engine of the Cessna 177B shut off after experiencing electrical problems. Larson contacted Dulles Airport to re-route their destination because the plane was also low on fuel. It was originally to land at Manassas Regional Airport after taking off from Philadelphia.

That there was no fire following impact is an indication the plane had run out of fuel, officials say.

The Red Cross is assisting the nine adults, seven children and three pets displaced because of the crash.

Officials were able to lift the plane from the building using a crane around 7 a.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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