Passengers home safe after plane crash that ended in fireball

The FAA and NTSB are investigating what caused the pilot of the small plane to make a split-second decision to abort the takeoff.
1:27 | 08/23/19

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Transcript for Passengers home safe after plane crash that ended in fireball
Next tonight, to new images of the fiery jet crash in northern California and that rush to escape the flames. This video now showing the plane erupting into a fireball. As you know, everyone onboard getting off even with the plane already on fire, seconds before it erupted into that fireball. So, why did the pilot abort takeoff? Here's ABC's Adrienne Bankert. Reporter: Tonight, we're learning more about those heart-stopping moments. Passengers escaping that crashed plane after an aborted takeoff. The engines still roaring. Everybody's out. Oh! Reporter: Then, the fireball. Lineman Justin Vaughan was nearby and heard the roar from that Cessna citation jet on the runway and new something was wrong. We saw the plane through the opening shoot through the field and was bouncing along. You see the fuselage was broken in half. Half of the plane kind of sat forward and the tail sat back just a little bit. Reporter: Vaughan and a group of linemen in training ran to find all ten people onboard walking out of the plane. Of those onboard, two pilots and the CEO and team members of a poor commune 500 company all new safe at home. I'm amazed that somebody got out of it alive. It was fully engulfed in flames and just pure black smoke. Reporter: So, the big question is, why did the pilot abort his takeoff? The NTSB crews are working behind us right now, flying drones over the crash site, investigating why he made that split-second decision. David? Adrienne Bankert reporting in tonight. Thank you.

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