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Homeowner says it'll take 6 months to repair house after plane crash

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A homeowner says it will take six months to repair his home after a plane crashed into it. (WFSB) A homeowner says it will take six months to repair his home after a plane crashed into it. (WFSB)
HADDAM, CT (WFSB) -

Unbelievable video of a plane going nose-first into a Haddam home was seen over the weekend.

The unsuspecting homeowner said he was just feet away from being flattened.

The plane crashed right in the middle of the living room of the home on Little Meadow Road on Saturday afternoon.

The rows of homes have always had the Goodspeed Airport as a neighbor, but never did they worry that one of the planes would be heading right for them.

“I just jumped up and said, ‘oh my God,’ I thought it was a bomb,” said Norman Hanenbaum, as he described the moments when a small plane crashed into his house.

Being a former Marine, he said he’s seen his share of close calls, but the 88-year-old said this was the closest so far.

“I’m a little jittery, that’s the best word to describe it,” Hanenbaum said.

He is okay, and once he realized the plane was sticking out of his home, he went back in to check on the victims.

The pilot, 46-year-old Benjamin Temple from Long Island, was the only one on board. He was airlifted to Hartford Hospital where at last check he was in critical condition.

The FAA is still trying to determine the cause of the crash, so right now Hanenbaum can’t get inside his home.

The roof that was just replaced has now caved in, and his living room essentials are destroyed.

“The stove toppled over, the table toppled over, pictures off the wall, mirror off the wall,” Hanenbaum said.

He said it will take about six months to get the house in livable shape.

“I’m so fortunate, I’m so lucky to be here, the good Lord was looking out after me,” Hanenbaum said.

The aircraft is only being described as a single-engine plane right now.

Sources said it is being inspected in a hangar nearby, and eyewitnesses said it was just taking off from Goodspeed.

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