PALM SPRINGS, Fla. – A small plane crashed into a mobile home park in Florida on Tuesday, setting two of the homes on fire and leaving an "unknown number of victims," authorities said.
The aircraft hit two homes at the Mar-Mak Colony Club in Palm Springs before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto said in an email. Responding crews reported a visible column of smoke after 911 callers reported a low flying aircraft, he said.
Borroto said one mobile home was completely engulfed in flames, and he said there were an "unknown number of victims," but he didn't release any further details. The Red Cross had been called to assist two families, he said.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen confirmed Tuesday evening's crash in an email to The Associated Press but said she had no further details.
The fires were extinguished, but plumes of smoke were still rising from the scene hours later, illuminated by flood lights.
Clara Ingram, who lives in the trailer park, told The Associated Press that she was home at the time of the crash and heard it happen.
"It just pounded, like an explosion," Ingram said, adding that when she went to look out her door, she saw "nothing but a big ball of fire."
Arthur Grimes, who said his friend lives in the trailer park, told the Palm Beach Post and the Sun Sentinel newspapers that he saw the plane drop out of the sky, crash into the trailer park and burst into flames. He said the plane crashed about 5:30 p.m.