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GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) – Federal investigators are at the scene of a plane crash in a suburban Phoenix neighborhood.

Gi lbert Fire Department spokesman Gary Hildebrandt says firefigh! ters were assisting National Transportation Safety Board personnel Sunday, the morning after a plane carrying several skydivers crashed into a Gilbert home.

Authorities say a Cessna 182 aircraft was carrying a pilot and four skydivers Saturday night as part of Gilbert’s annual Constitution Fair when the plane crashed for unknown reasons.

According to Hildebrandt, the plane’s occupants were able to parachute out before the aircraft struck the house.

Hildebrandt says the pilot was taken to a hospital with burns to his forearms but his injuries are not life-threatening.

A husband and wife inside the home escaped injury.

Fire officials say the house is a total loss.

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