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Residents still dealing with Gaithersburg plane crash debris

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- It has been six months since a deadly plane crash right in the middle of a Gaithersburg neighborhood, and some homeowners impacted by the crash remain out of their homes.

The worst part, they say, is they're not sure why.

"The house is kind of the same way it was on December 8 when the plane hit," a woman whose home was damaged in the crash said.

Six people, including a mother and her two children, were killed and three homes were damaged or destroyed in the crash.

"I've been told this is part of the data recorder and I guess these are other pieces that never got picked up," the woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.

"Nobody has come out to clean anything up yet. They've done some testing and found various levels of petroleum, I guess, but haven't really reported back to us about where to go from there."

The NTSB, who is leading the uncompleted investigation into the crash, says they have finished with the properties and collected everything they need. The Maryland Department of Environment says they took soil samples from the site of the crash and concluded there was no contamination of significance and that no further cleanup was needed.

Nonetheless, neighbors insist they have not been told either way about the safety of the crash scene and they remain concerned.

"My grandchildren live down the street. I have my grandchildren - the creek right behind here, they love playing in it. Is it safe anymore? I don't know. We don't know," Joyce Buttrey, a resident on Drop Forge Lane, where the plane crashed, said.

The MDE says that whoever was responsible for the crash is responsible for cleaning up the aftermath, usually through their insurance provider, under MDE oversight.

"My policy doesn't cover that and the pilot's insurance policy is not going to step up to take care of it," the woman said.

"At this point it's who is going to take responsibility and I've been passed around to several people to the point where I'm throwing my hands up in the air."

Usha Creamer just moved back in to her house, which had a minimal amount of damage from the plane. But she dealt with nearly the same amount of frustration when it came to getting answers.

"It's a lot of phone calls. Phone calls, phone calls, phone calls," Creamer said. "It wasn't easy."


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