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Three killed when small plane crashes in backyard of home

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Debris from a small plane crash sets in backyards of a residential neighborhood in Upper Moreland, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy says the plane hit several trees before it finally came to rest. He said everyone aboard the plane was killed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Debris from a small plane crash sets in backyards of a residential neighborhood in Upper Moreland, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy says the plane hit several trees before it finally came to rest. He said everyone aboard the plane was killed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy Debris speaks with members of the media about a small plane crash sets in a residential neighborhood in Upper Moreland, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Murphy says the plane hit several trees before it finally came to rest. He said everyone aboard the plane was killed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Members of the media gather near the location of a small plane crash in a residential neighborhood in Upper Moreland, Philadelphia, on Thursday, August 8, 2019. Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy says the plane hit several trees before it finally came to rest. He said everyone aboard the plane was killed.
An investigator works the scene of a small plane crash in a residential neighborhood in Upper Moreland, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy says the plane hit several trees before it finally came to rest. He said everyone aboard the plane was killed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Investigators launch a drone at scene of a small plane crash in a residential neighborhood in Upper Moreland, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy says the plane hit several trees before it finally came to rest. He said everyone aboard the plane was killed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A drone flow by investigator flies over the scene of a small plane crash in a residential neighborhood in Upper Moreland, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy says the plane hit several trees before it finally came to rest. He said everyone aboard the plane was killed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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WILLOW GROVE, Philadelphia (AP):

A small plane has crashed in the backyard of a suburban Philadelphia home, killing one man and two women aboard.

The single-engine plane went down around 6:20 a.m. Thursday in Willow Grove shortly after taking off from Northeast Philadelphia Airport en route to Columbus, Ohio.

It’s not clear if that was the plane’s final destination.

Upper Moreland Police Chief Michael Murphy says the plane hit several trees before it came to rest. Everyone onboard was killed.

NO INJURIES

No one on the ground was injured, and no homes were damaged. Murphy says debris is spread across several backyards.

He says there is no indication that the pilot made a distress call before the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration is onsite. The National Transportation Safety Board is heading to the scene, about 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Philadelphia.