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Pilot killed when plane crashes into house

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Firefighters try to put out flames Monday after a plane crashed into a house near downtown Tampa.

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TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- A small plane crashed into a house at the end of a runway Monday in Tampa, killing the pilot and badly burning the co-pilot, a police officer said.

The B90 plane hit the house about 12:30 p.m. ET near Peter O. Knight Airport close to downtown Tampa, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

Two men were in the plane at the time of the crash. The pilot died at the scene, and his co-pilot is in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries caused by burning jet fuel, an emergency responder said. (Watch the house burn -- 1:00)

Federal Aviation Administration officials were unable to say if the plane was taking off or landing or whether weather was a factor in the crash. An investigation is under way.

One woman was in the house on Severne Avenue when the plane hit, but she escaped without injuries.

"She was in the front part of the house, heard a commotion, a bang and ran out," her husband told CNN. "The house is a total loss."

Firefighters are working to put out flames at the house.

CNN's Summer Smith contributed to this report.

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