4 reported dead as plane hits house in Oregon

/ Source: The Associated Press

A small plane crashed into a seaside house in heavy fog early Monday, killing two people aboard and two children in the vacation home it struck, authorities said.

A third child was unaccounted for after the crash, which apparently occurred soon after the plane took off in northwest Oregon.

The single-engine plane clipped a tree and then plowed into the house, followed by explosions. A second, vacant home nearby was heavily damaged.

The pilot and his only passenger were also killed. Their identities were not immediately released.

The four-seat Cessna was owned by Aviation Aventures in Seaside. The company had rented it to the pilot, city officials said.

The impact shook homes a half-mile away in this resort town.

When the plane crashed, six people were in the four-bedroom rental home at Gearhart for a family reunion and vacation, City Administrator Dennis McNally said. A mother and two children were flown to Portland for treatment at a burn center, said Michael Griffiths, executive director of the emergency transport service Life Flight.

Two more people in the family party had gone out for a walk before the crash and were uninjured, McNally said.

The names of family members were not released.