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Plane plows into 2 cars, fence — and nearly house

/ Source: msnbc.com staff and news service reports

A twin-engine cargo plane crashed into two vehicles before stopping just short of a Miami-area house where it caught fire Monday morning.

One person on the plane, believed to be the pilot, died, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Cristina Armand said. No injuries have been reported on the ground.

The plane crashed into the vehicles, as well as a fence, before coming to rest at the back of the house in Miami Gardens.

The family inside the home evacuated just before the crash, the Miami Herald reported.

Keionna Collins said she was driving her four children to school when they yelled from the back seat that a plane was heading towards them low to the ground.

Keionna Collins describes a plane crash in Miami Gardens, Fla. Monday, May 2, 2011. She said her kids in the backseat of her SUV started yelling about the plane that was headed towards them at treetop level. She saw the plane crash and burn. A twin-engine cargo plane crashed into two vehicles and a house and caught fire just north of an airport in the Miami area. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Cristina Armand says the crash happened shortly after 8 a.m. Monday. She says one person on the plane, believed to be the pilot, is dead. She said no injuries have been reported on the ground. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)J Pat Carter / AP

"They were like 'mommy a plane!' Not realizing we were about to lose our life," Collins told NBC Mi. "Trees split, it looked like it was a bomb going off."

She said she had to dodge the plane or she and her children would have been hit.

Armand said there was no structural damage to the house. It does, however, have smoke damage.

The plane and vehicles were fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation.

The Miami Herald reported the pilot crashed the 1957 Beech aircraft just one minute after having taken off from the Opa-locka Airport and was on a flight to the Bahamas.