Gilbert PD releases 911 calls from plane crash into house

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A Gilbert couple were not injured when a plane crashed into their home. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A Gilbert couple were not injured when a plane crashed into their home. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A small plane crashed into a home in Gilbert in September. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A small plane crashed into a home in Gilbert in September. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A small plane crashed into a home in Gilbert. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A small plane crashed into a home in Gilbert. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The pilot of the plane was identified as Ryan Kilgore. (Source: GoFundMe) The pilot of the plane was identified as Ryan Kilgore. (Source: GoFundMe)
Ryan Kilgore was burned in the crash. (Source: Facebook) Ryan Kilgore was burned in the crash. (Source: Facebook)
GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Police have just released the audio recordings from more than a hundred 911 calls that were placed moments after a small plane crashed into a Gilbert home in September.

The 911 calls came in one right after the other.

One 911 caller said, "I heard a big crash and my whole backyard and neighbor's backyard is on fire."

Another caller said, "There's like a meteor that hit a house."

The single-engine plane had been participating in the city of Gilbert's Constitution Fair back in September, which included an aerial pro-technic display.

Four parachutists were supposed to jump out of the plane as part of the show, when the plane's wing caught fire, according to investigators. 

The parachutists jumped out and landed safely. Moments later, the pilot bailed out before the plane crashed into a house in a Gilbert neighborhood, off Gilbert and Ray roads.

Alex Griffith lives two doors down. He was watching TV with his 3-year-old son when they felt the explosion.

"I heard some rustling and thought it was the wind," Griffith said. "All of a sudden, heard a loud boom and the house shook. I opened the sliding glass door and looked to the right and I just saw fire."

The couple inside the house, Peter and Sharon Lebeau, were able to walk away.

However, the pilot, Ryan Kilgore, suffered an assortment of injuries.

Neighbors said the Lebeaus are rebuilding their house and plan to move back into the neighborhood.

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