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  • 7 May 2014, 5:15

Pilot crashes into house he used to own

A pilot who crashed his light plane into a house in Colorado used to own the property, it has emerged.

Brian Veatch told KMGH-TV in Denver he once lived in the home, and property records indicated that he sold it in 2003.

Mr Veatch told the station that he did not realise the significance of his crash site until someone else pointed it out.

He now lives about a mile away.

Police say Mr Veatch, who managed to walk out of the wreckage virtually unhurt, may have been attempting to land in a nearby field after an apparent engine malfunction.

The veteran firefighter even tried to put out the fire with a garden hose before he was forced away by burning fuel, authorities said.

The house in Northglenn was unoccupied at the time of crash.

Five teenagers were playing soccer at a nearby track when they saw the plane.

"We were over at the field when it started going down. We said, 'That plane is way too close,'" said 15-year-old Ryder Munera.

Mr Veatch was towing a banner for an insurance company and was supposed to fly over a Colorado Rockies baseball game when the crash occurred, according to Tom Mace, who said he hired the pilot.

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