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Plane crashes into Rosewood home

A small plane crashed into a home in the Rosewood area on Wednesday morning. 

One person, who was inside the house at the time of the crash, is alive, according to the Columbia Fire Department Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins. 

A body bag was carried onto the scene, but no deaths have currently been confirmed by Richland County Coroner Nadia Rutherford. 

Rutherford was present at the site, according to the Columbia Police Department Deputy Chief of Police Melron Kelly. 

Hutch Fontaine, a fourth-year global studies major at USC, was in his backyard with his dog when he saw the plane coming right towards him.

"I hear a very loud sound coming from the sky, and I know the airport's only a mile away. So I just thought at first, it was a plane flying over, but it just kept getting louder and louder," Fontaine said. "And the next thing you know, I see a plane emerged from the fog, pointed straight at me coming into the ground, and I kind of just froze. At the last second, it decided to flip on its side and turn to the right. It landed in my neighbor's yard." 

It is unclear whether any USC students were in the crash. It is also unclear why the aircraft crashed. 

The plane came from Greenville, SC, according to information released during a press conference at the scene. The Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport is located near the scene. 

The 2900 block of Kennedy and S. Maple Streets are closed as the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Fire Department investigate the crash. 

Columbia Police are looking at flight manifests to determine how many people were on the plane, Kelly said. They are also checking with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to see if there were any communications with the tower from the aircraft.

According to the Columbia Fire Department, one house was on fire when the fire department arrived but is now under control. 

Authorities from the National Transportation Agency are en route to investigate the site and the cause of the crash. It was unclear when they will arrive. 


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