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Dec. 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EST
A small plane crashed into the carport of a Lanham home Sunday afternoon, killing the pilot and sparking a fire, Prince George’s County authorities said.

The pilot’s body was found across the street, officials and witnesses said. Neighbors were rattled, but the owners of the two-story home in the 6300 block of Chestnut Avenue were on vacation, and no one was home, neighbors said. The pilot — still unidentified — was the only victim.

“My heart was beating so fast,” said Jordy Perla, 7, who saw the plane crash from the window of his house across the street. “I thought it was about to explode the whole state.”

The plane was a single-engine aircraft that holds only one person, said Acting Prince George’s Fire Chief Tiffany Green. She said it hit the carport of the house from behind and pushed a car into the street.The pilot’s body was found among debris in a driveway across the street, department spokesman Mark Brady said.

The Grumman American AA-5A aircraft took off from the College Park Airport and crashed at about 2:48 p.m., said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. It was heading to the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. The FAA is investigating, as are the Maryland State Police.

The crash sparked a fire in both the plane and the car that it struck, and there was also a small fire in the attic of the house, Brady said. The FAA said that its preliminary report indicated two homes were affected by the crash. Brady said it was possible that debris hit a second home, in addition to the house that suffered the direct hit.