Two Killed When Plane Crashes Into Hospital

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    Two people are dead after a plane crashed into Watsonville Community Hospital. (Published Thursday, Jul 7, 2011)

    Emergency crews responded to the scene of a plane crash at Watsonville Community Hospital Thursday night. 

    The two people on the plane died on impact.

    Witnesses report that the plane took a nose dive and crash landed into the first floor of the medical building just a few blocks from the Watsonville Municipal Airport. They said it immediately burst into flames.

    The pilot was near the Watsonville Airport when he crashed into the first floor of a building adjacent to the hospital around 7:30 p.m..

    The building hit by the plane is an administrative building and is connected to the main hospital by a hallway. Because the crash happened after hours, no one was in the building when the plane hit.  The plane reportedly hit the offices of Dr. Cheryl Northey, an obstetrician.

    The hospital was not evacuated, according to emergency officials. 

    A Watsonville pilot who witnessed the crash told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that it was a four-passenger single-engine light brown Mooney aircraft. 

    "He was heading toward the coast and tried to climb," George Benson told the paper. "From the time he took off he was going too steep, too slow.