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Plane crashes into home
Pilot of homebuilt craft escapes with minor injuries
BY CHRIS GEORGE, Californian staff writer
Bobbi Sendejas and her two daughters had just finished breakfast when an airplane crashed into the house.
A small homebuilt plane clipped the house roof and crashed while trying to land in Rosamond Skypark Saturday morning.
They rushed outside and saw the pilot covered in blood struggling to get out of the plane. Neighbors rushed into the garage, got a ladder and helped him to safety as a fuel leak spread gas everywhere.
The pilot, Paul Clement, 68, of La Canada, suffered only cuts and bruises and no one on the ground was injured in the incident, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Firefighters were called to the scene at 11:16 a.m.
The home, at 3441 Citrine Lane, in Rosamond, had $1,000 in damage, according Engineer Derek Tisinger II with the Kern County Fire Department. There were three people in the house at the time of the accident and neither were hurt.
The plane was a homebuilt plane called a Zodiac, Tisinger said.
Clement was taking it for its first test flight before the crash. Clement and his wife built the two-seat plane, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
It had about 45 minutes of flight time on it, according to Tisinger.
Clement is the registered owner of the plane, tail number N239PC. It had recently been certified to fly by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Tisinger.
Clement climbed out of the wrecked plane under his own power, according to Kern Fire Capt. Rod Pyle, whose crew went to the scene.
The pilot was gliding for a landing when he realized he didn’t have enough power to make the runway, Pyle said. He tried to add power, but the engine didn’t respond, Pyle said.
The residents of the home helped Clement get off the roof of the house after it crashed, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said they didn’t yet know why the plane went down.
Sheriff’s deputies were watching the scene until the National Transportation and Safety Board arrived, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
In the meantime, officials have told Sendejas her house is unsafe to go in, so she’s moved into a hotel. When a similar plane crash occurred awhile ago, it took the owner five days to move the plane, officials told her.
“It’s just really, really bad.” Sendejas said. “And I can’t believe it happened to me.”
A plane hit a home in Rosamond Saturday about a quarter-mile from the runway at Rosamond Skypark. The pilot, Paul Clements from La Canada, built the plane with his wife and was testing it for the first time when the plane lost power. The residents of the home were not injured, and the pilot was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with minor injuries.