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MARYLAND CITY, Md. (WUSA9) -- After the crash of a small plane into two homes, a lot of neighbors are re-thinking how safe it is to be so close to an airport.

"I'm terrified. I want to move," said Chessie Brisbon who stepped out of the shower to the sight of the single engine Beechcraft Muskateer that had just crashed inches from her bedroom window.

The plane cut into two of her neighbors' homes but luckily, they were away. Brisbon says she has now had it with living this close to the runway of Suburban Air Park.

"If they can get that close to my bedroom, I'm really scared," she said.

She's far from alone.

"Only thing I heard was the crash, no motor, just the crash of the plane hitting the ground," said John Carter.

He helped pull the pilot out of the plane.

He was bleeding from the head, but he was conscious and in a lot of pain. 

Carter has also spent a lot of time wondering if it's safe to live less than a half mile from the end of the runway.

"It has always been a thought. Have the engines sputtering going over. Always been a thought. I guess we never thought it was going to happen," said Carter.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association it's exceedingly rare for people on the ground to be hurt. You are 25 times more likely to be killed by lightning than hit by an airplane or a piece of an airplane.

Still, it is a risk some neighbors are unwilling to take.

While thousands of general aviation pilots have died in crashes in the last ten years, just 22 people on the ground have been killed and fewer than 100 people on the ground have been hurt.


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