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Small plane crashes into Pa. house, killing two

SALINA, Pa. —A twin-engine plane slammed into a house in western Pennsylvania minutes after takeoff on Saturday, killing two people, setting the residence on fire, and narrowly missing a man sleeping on his couch with his dog.

Westmoreland County spokesman Dan Stevens said the plane went through the house and landed in the garage, passing just to the right of the man when it came down in a rural area about 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

"God was on his side, without a doubt," Stevens said.

Steve Yanko and the dog escaped from the house, according to his wife, Rose Yanko, 66, who was shopping at a flea market at the time, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said. She spoke briefly to thank emergency crews who responded to the fire.

Stevens said the bodies were recovered from the wreckage shortly after 3 p.m. after rescuers unearthed the plane from the collapsed garage.

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