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Small plane crashes in backyard of Lawrenceville home


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a small plane crashed into a Lawrenceville backyard on Tuesday.

The incident happened in the 1600 block Amhearst Mill Drive. According to FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen, the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings in a single propeller plane when the accident occurred.

Gwinnett fire officials said the Piper PA 28 aircraft went down in the backyard of a private residence. Josh Frazier, his wife Crystal and two daughters were inside the home when it happened. He went outside and found a wing of the plane lying on the side of his house.

"My daughter's bedroom is right there," Frazier said. "The wing could have easily landed in her room while she was asleep."

Neighbor Saul Castellon said he was painting his bedroom when the house shook.

"Like a big explosion," he said. "And the ground shook."

Listen to the relatively calm 911 calls from after the crash

Castellon said he was expecting the worst when he went outside, but was surprised to see both the pilot and passenger alive.

"I'm so glad because I was afraid when I walk over there to see dead people," he said. "Thank God they were alive."

Police said the pilot, male in his mid-20s from Duluth, was conscious and alert when paramedics arrived. His passenger, a teenager from Johns Creek, was semi-conscious. Both were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Hospital officials said the pilot was in good condition Tuesday evening, but would not release the condition of the passenger because he is a minor.

Frazier's wife Crystal is an athletic trainer and trained as a first responder. She assisted the pilot and his passenger. "She believes one of them had a concussion at the time," he said. "They were both conscious, they knew their names and they knew how old they were."

 Frazier said there is a lot to be thankful for. "We're so grateful the Lord was able to watch over us," he said. "It's Thanksgiving week so we're so grateful that He was watching over us."

Officials said one home was possibly grazed by the plane. There  was no damage to any structures and no flames resulted from the crash. It's not yet known why the plane went down.

Josh Primus and his friend Nick Sandberg were about to leave the neighborhood when the plane crashed.

"I heard a huge boom," Primus said. "At first, I thought it was a bad car accident." He said Old Fountain Road that runs in front of the neighborhood is a busy route to the nearby high school. 

The boys, both high school seniors, ran over to the scene and saw other people coming out of their homes to investigate what caused the loud noise. 

"There was a guy on the ground, and a woman was giving him first aid," Sandberg said. He heard the woman ask, "Do you remember your name?" 


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