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Federal investigators are trying to determine why a skydiving plane crashed in Arizona


Federal investigators are still working to determine what caused a plane carrying several skydivers to crash into a suburban Phoenix, Arizona, home Saturday night. 

Gilbert Fire Department spokesman Gary Hildebrandt said firefighters spent Sunday morning assisting the National Transportation Safety Board with the investigation. 

The plane's four passengers, all of which were skydivers, jumped from the plane and landed safely, according to

Wreckage from a plane that crashed into a home in Gilbert, Ariz., sits on a flatbed on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Federal investigators are trying to determine what led the plane carrying several skydivers to crash Saturday. The pilot and four skydivers were able to parachute out before the aircraft struck the house. (Gary Hildebrandt/Gilbert Fire Department via AP)

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press. 

The pilot, who is also a skydiver, also made it out safely. 

According to, he landed in a field about half a mile from the crash and was taken to the hospital for burns.  Hildebrandt said the pilot's injuries were not life-threatening. 

Hildebrandt told that the pilot radioed in before the crash, which happened at approximately 7:19 p.m., and said the plane's wing was on fire. Shortly after that call, there was no more communication with the aircraft. 

The occupants of the home were in their living room watching TV when the plane hit but were able to escape without injuries. 

The home caught fire after the plane hit. 

Nearby homes were not affected but reports that the neighborhood was full of smoke and the smell of burning fuel. 

The Cessna 182 aircraft was participating in Gilbert, Arizona's annual Constitution Fair when the crash happened. 

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