Plane Crash Lands in Houston Schoolyard, Smashes Through Residential Fence

Plane comes down about two miles south of Houston's Hobby Airport

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No injuries were reported after a plane crashed in a Houston schoolyard and smashed through a residential fence shortly after departing Houston's Hobby Airport Friday afternoon, narrowly avoiding a row of homes.

The plane had taken off from Houston's Hobby Airport at 2:17 p.m. when it went down about a minute later, according to FlightAware, a flight-tracking website.

Video from KPRC-TV showed a twin-engine Cessna 421C Golden Eagle in a residential backyard with firefighters working to put out a small fire.

The plane apparently came down in the schoolyard for the J. Frank Dobie High School 9th Grade Center, about two miles south of Hobby Airport.

The plane crashed through a residential fence where it came to rest just feet away from two homes. The crash started a small grassfire that burned part of the lawn and a gazebo. It does not appear that either home was damaged.

The plane was mostly intact, though there was some significant damage to part of the wing.

Four people were on board the plane but none appeared to be injured, according to the Houston Fire Department.

The cause of the crash is not known and will be investigated by the NTSB and FAA.

NBC 5 News and the Associated Press
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