Plane crashes into Herndon apartment building

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A plane crashed into a Herndon apartment building after running on low fuel and experiencing electrical problems, police said.

About 12:15 a.m. Friday, a two-seat, single-engine Cessna crash-landed into the top floor of a three-story apartment building in the 2200 block of Astoria Circle. The nose of the plane came to a rest in an apartment's living room, Virginia State Police said.

The plane's pilot -- 61-year-old William Larson, of Vienna -- was taken to a hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The plane's passenger, Tache L. Alejandro of Orlando, Fla., was treated for minor injuries at the scene, police said.

There were four adults and two children sleeping in the apartment at the time of the crash. One of the adults -- a 33-year-old woman -- was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else in the building was injured, but police evacuated all of the residents due the significant exterior damage that the building sustained as a result of the crash.

The plane's pilot and passenger work for an aerial photography company and had been taking infrared photographs. The aircraft was running on low fuel, and it experienced electrical problems and the engine cut off, police said.

The aircraft departed from Northeast Philadelphia Airport and was originally supposed to land at Manassas Regional Airport. Because of the low fuel, the pilot had radioed Washington Dulles International Airport to see if he could land there instead.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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Naomi Jagoda

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