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Expert: Plane wasn't going fast enough before Gaithersburg crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The NTSB is unlikely to offer any firm answers for months on the cause of a deadly plane crash in Gaithersburg. But veteran pilots and investigators say it's increasingly clear what happened in the moments before the jet crashed into a home, killing a mother and two you children on the ground, as well as three on the plane.

Veteran pilots say it looks like the man at the stick of that small jet simply failed to keep it flying fast enough to keep it in the air. T
hey call it an aerodynamic stall, and it's one of the most common causes of plane crashes.

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A husband and daughter whose family was killed in a deadly plane crash in Gaithersburg is in need of the following items:

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Mom who died in Gaithersburg plane crash made phone call


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mother who died after a plane hit her home made a phone call at the time of the crash, according to police.

Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks says Marie Gemmell, 36, called a friend when the plane hit. He would not say who she called nor discuss the contents of that conversation.

Gemmell, along with her two sons Cole and Devin, died of smoke inhalation after a plane headed for the Montgomery County Air Park crash landed in their Gaithersburg neighborhood on Monday. Marie Gemmell's husband Ken and daughter Arabelle were not home at the time.

NTSB releases preliminary Gaithersburg plane crash report


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Engine failure and birds do not appear to be the cause of a deadly plane crash in Gaithersburg on Monday, according to preliminary findings by the NTSB.

Six people died in the crash, three people on the small plane and three people in a house that caught fire after the crash.

NTSB spokesperson Robert Sumwalt said there is no evidence of in-flight fire, catastrophic engine failure or bird ingestion.

Although a pilot of another aircraft had reported seeing birds, those birds were
located about 1,000 feet down the runway, not in the air, Sumwalt said.

Dad posts message after family dies in plane crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ken Gemmell, the man who lost his wife and two sons when a plane crashed into their home, posted the following message on Facebook:

"No words can describe the enormity of our loss and sadness over yesterday's tragedy. We lost Marie, the love of my life and college sweetheart, and our two young, innocent and joyful sons – a loss that no person should ever endure. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and my daughter and I are appreciative for the prayers and well wishes from friends, neighbors and the community. We also appreciate the dedication and hard work of the firefighters, police and other first responders who did everything in their power to try to save my family during this horrific event. There will be a lot of grieving over the coming weeks, and we request that the media respect our privacy so I can provide my daughter with some degree of normalcy as we try to re-build."

Mom, 2 kids among 6 dead in Gaithersburg plane crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The investigations into a plane crash that left six people dead in Gaithersburg on Monday evening are just beginning.

A mother and her two young children are three of the six lives lost in the crash.

Marie Gemmell, 36, her three-year-old son Cole and her infant-son Devin were inside their home when a corporate jet crashed into it. Their bodies were found on the second floor hours after the crash. The father and a third child were not home at the time of the crash.

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Mom, 2 kids dead after Gaithersburg plane crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mother and two children were killed after a plane crashed into their home in Montgomery County Monday.


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6 dead after Gaithersburg plane crash

Marie Gemmell, 36, her three-year-old son Cole and her infant-son Devin were inside their home when a corporate jet crashed into it. Their bodies were found on the second floor hours after the crash. The father and a third child were not home at the time of the crash.

The family lives at a house in the 19700 block of Drop Forge Lane, where a corporate jet crashed around 10:45 a.m.