By: Allan M. Siegel
Earlier today - Monday, December 8 - a small, private jet crashed into
a residential home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, killing at least three passengers.
According to safety officials with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue,
there were at least three passengers fatally injured in the crash. Officials
suspect that there may have been a fourth passenger on board, and are
continuing their investigation.
The crash occurred shortly before noon. After the jet crashed into one
home, a fire broke out and spread to two neighboring residences. Fire
fighters were able to get control of the fire within an hour and began
their search for residents who may have been inside of the home at the
time of the crash.
According to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), the twin-engine plane was approaching the nearby Montgomery County
Airpark. Witnesses stated that the jet appeared to be having difficulty
maintaining altitude and later went into a nosedive. Investigations from
the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will look further into
As first responders and federal regulators continue their investigation
of what happened, our firm expresses our condolences for the victims and
families affected by this tragedy.
UPDATE - As of approximately 4:30 p.m., officials confirmed that three people
inside of the house at the time of the plane crash were also killed -
a mother and her two children. A total of six victims died as a result
of the crash.