Husband and wife okay after plane crashes in yard of Rowan County home

Published: Jan. 8, 2016 at 8:58 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 7, 2016 at 8:58 PM EST
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KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - No injuries were reported from the site of a plane crash in Rowan County Friday afternoon.

The plane reportedly went down in a residential neighborhood just before 3:45 p.m. on Westchester Drive near Kannapolis. Officials say a husband and wife were flying from Canada to Florida with stops in between.

They were planning to stop in Charlotte to refuel, but were thrown off course by the weather conditions, according to officials.

The couple reportedly tried to stop several airports but couldn't. They eventually deployed a parachute that is built into the Cirrus SR22 model plane and floated to the ground in the middle of a neighborhood - landing in someone's yard.

The woman in the home told WBTV that she and her husband heard a loud sound then looked outside to see the plane in their yard. They helped the couple out of the plane and took them inside.

"We heard a loud noise or a thump and my husband said 'what was that?' As I got out to look around I said there's a plane in the back yard," Lynn Welch said.  "And he said ' well I'm going to see if everybody is okay, he dialed 911 and went to see the people in the plane."

"I think I panicked afterward, but it's such a blessing that everybody is okay and no fire or anything like that," Welch added.

No injuries were reported and no homes were damaged.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash.

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