A university scholar in South Carolina stated he and his roommates are counting their blessings within the moments after small airplane narrowly missed their home and crashed into their yard on Wednesday morning.
Charles Grondines, a 21-year-old scholar on the University of South Carolina, stated his roommate witnessed the airplane flying immediately towards their Columbia house in dense fog earlier than making what seemed an evasive maneuver.
“He’s coming straight at us and then he turns last second and his wing clipped the roof of the house across from the street from us and then he kind of spun out into our back yard,” Grondines continued.
“We hear this big rumble,” he stated. “There was no explosion initially, and my roommate who was actually outside, runs inside and said, ‘A plane just crashed into our back yard!'”
“We didn’t know what to do,” Grondines stated. Since that they had not seen any fireplace, they determined to return outdoors and assist.
“And then it exploded,” Grondines stated. “If that second explosion had happened a little later it could have been really bad.”
The college students, 4 of whom reside collectively, imagine he flew to keep away from crashing into their house simply south of the Publix grocery retailer on Rosewood Avenue.
“I’m sure that guy has passed, but if his intention was to land where it wouldn’t affect anyone else, he did a great job,” Grondines stated. “It’s definitely tragic what happened, but we are definitely counting our blessings.”
The Columbia Fire Department tweeted photos of an intensive response operation round downed tree limbs.
RIGHT NOW: a number of @ColaFire crews are working with @ColumbiaPDSC on scene of a small airplane crash on the 2900 block of Kennedy Street. Firefighters arrived to seek out one house on fireplace and the fireplace is now beneath management. 2900 block of Kennedy is closed right now & S. Maple Street. pic.twitter.com/QIDRXahlRl
— Columbia Fire (@ColaFire) January 13, 2021
The coroner’s division is concerned however the Fire Department didn’t touch upon the occupant of the airplane.
“The crash did cause one home to catch on fire,” the division tweeted. “The occupant of the home did suffer a minor injury unrelated to the crash. The fire is now out.”
Shelby Beckler, additionally a USC scholar who lives close by, stated small planes like this are frequent at Columbia’s Jim Hamilton – L. B. Owens Airport.
Tim Fitzsimons is a reporter for NBC News.