Hooks hangar resident’s home hit by plane: 'It threw me against the sink'

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 10:20 AM

SPRING, Texas -- The deadly plane crash at Hooks Airport on Sunday night hit far too close to home for one man.

Matt Gallien was washing dishes in his hangar home there when a single engine plane came crashing into the house.

It happened after a student pilot and flight instructor wrapped up touch-and-go maneuvers. The small aircraft was apparently trying to get back to the runway when tragedy struck.

“It was just like a tremendous boom,” explained Matt Gallien. “It didn’t come through the house, but it sounded like it was.”

Gallien was standing just 20 feet from where the plane came to rest.

The Cessna clipped one hangar home, busted through a wooden fence and then slammed into Gallien’s outdoor spiral staircase. He said the impact shook his entire house.

“It threw me against the sink,” said Gallien. “The force of the impact was so great, I went the opposite direction.”

Gallien ran outside and saw the small plane wedged against his home.

He called 911, but from what he could see, the two people on board were not moving.

“In a matter of 20 seconds, one minute, you can go from your present situation to a tragedy,” said Gallien.

Gallien said he was extremely worried about all of the fuel leaking out from the plane. He was concerned about the potential of a fire or explosion.

“You were trying to decide whether you go in and do something or not. It’s a situation, I wouldn’t want anyone to make that decision,” added Gallien.

Gallien would soon learn that both people on board had died. Authorities have not yet identified those two victims.

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the crash. According to investigators, the pilot reported engine trouble shortly before the crash.

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