Bird Strike Could Have Caused Plane Crash in Maryland

Investigators look to track down what caused the private jet to crash.
2:02 | 12/09/14

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Switch gears to a deadly small plain crash outside Washington. Investigators trying to figure out why it went down, killing three people on the ground and three in the we have the story. Reporter: Analyzing the private jet's black box, trying to determine what caused it to crash into the Maryland neighborhood, killing six. We have a crash at the end of the runway, call emergency services. Reporter: Emergency crews racing to the scene before a second explosion. It's getting higher and higher, not going out. Reporter: Authorities say the private jet gashed a hole in the roof of one house before crashing into the side of another. Then on impact, a wing containing fuel broke off, slicing into a third home and catching fire. Trapped inside, 36-year-old Marie and her two young sons, one, 3, and one just an infant. All found on the second floor huddled together. This is a tragic loss for the community. Reporter: Three people on the plane died instantly. Among them, Dr. Michael Rosenberg, the CEO of a clinical organization in North Carolina. You can hear the pilot radio plans to land moments before the crash. Witnesses on the ground say the plane was bumping around the sky before impact. Left, right, up down. This is a powerful business jet. When it can't maintain flight, the thing you look at it engine power. What could have knocked that out? Reporter: Pilots in the area said there were birds close to the runway. A possible cause for the crash. That is one of the many things we will look at. Everything is on the table at this point. Reporter: This morning investigators say it's too early to say that birds were the culprit. But we know how dangerous they may be by the landing pulled off by captain sully. Such a sad story.

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