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Three killed in US plane crash

A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland, killing three people on board and leaving three residents of the home unaccounted for.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Lohr says three people were on board the jet when it crashed into the home in Gaithersburg, a suburb of Washington DC.

He says three residents who live at the home are unaccounted for.

Television news footage of the home shows it nearly destroyed. Two other homes caught fire after the crash but were not as badly damaged.

An FAA spokesman says preliminary information shows the Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet was on approach at the nearby Montgomery County Airpark. The National Transportation Safety Board launching a team to investigate.

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