'There was fire everywhere,' crash witness reports

Wing hits day care/preschool center and explodes but no one was injured

"There was fire everywhere," an eyewitness to this morning's plane crash in East Palo Alto recalled.

The witness, Benita Brown, said she heard a boom and ran to her window. She heard a second boom and saw an explosion.

"The house shook. It felt like an earthquake."

A wing from the plane, loaded with fuel, exploded when it crashed into a house that doubled as a child care center and preschool in the 1200 block of Beech Street -- all of the seven persons inside escaped.

She said people were unsure about the street location due to a dense fog at the time of the crash, minutes before 8 a.m.

The plane had just taken off from the Palo Alto Airport on instruments due to the fog, with zero to 1/4-mile visibility reported. It then clipped a regional powerline and the steel tower, shearing off a wing, before crashing onto the 1100 block of Beech Street.

The plane's landing gear and engine crashed into the carport of a house in the 1200 block of Beech Street. No one was injured.

Another witness, Pamela Housten, 33, was inside the house hit by the wing, feeding a baby -- the only child there at the time.

She heard a boom and the house shook as if in an earthquake and she saw flames at the back before she fled out the front.

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Posted by Fritzi
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2010 at 1:31 am

It was nothing but the grace and mercies of God that protected the people in the preschool and those on the ground my heart goes out to the three people in the plane and my prayers for the bereaved familys I'm so sorry I pray for Gods strenghth for all of whom has been effected by the incident

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

A home and day care center got blown up and the selfish Shallow Altans are worried about the food in the refrigerators?

I too am very glad that no one on the ground was hurt in this crash.

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:38 am

Do the residents of the destroyed homes need any assistance with new housing?

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