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Plane misses man lying on his couch

Firefighters work at the scene where a twin-engine plane crashed into a house in Bell Township in western Pennsylvania on Saturday. Two people aboard the aircraft died, officials said.

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Firefighters work at the scene where a twin-engine plane crashed into a house in Bell Township in western Pennsylvania on Saturday. Two people aboard the aircraft died, officials said.

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

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 Bell Township, 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. She and her husband were planning to stay with her mother, she said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the BE58 Beech Baron took off from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pa., at 9:08 a.m. Saturday and crashed 11 minutes later.

Stevens said officials believed only two men were aboard but were continuing the search and had not yet unearthed the tail section and confirmed the identification number.

The FAA said earlier that the aircraft was registered to a Westmoreland County materials testing firm.

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