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A housewife died cradling her one-month-old baby and three-year-old toddler in her arms after a private jet crashed into three houses in Maryland's Montgomery County on Monday morning.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says the Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet came down around 10.45 am and exploded in a fireball when it hit the quiet cul-de-sac.
Three people were aboard the jet when it crashed Monday into the home in Gaithersburg, a Washington, D.C., suburb. The two-story, wood-frame home was gutted by the impact of the crash and ensuing blaze.
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Tragic: Ken and Marie Gemmell with their son, Cole and daughter Arabelle before the birth of their baby Devin in October
Traumatic: Baby Devin, (left) is pictured alongside his older brother, Cole (right with his father, Ken)
Struck: The Gemmells with Arabelle and Cole before they welcomed their baby son Devin into the world in October
The crash centered around 19733 Drop Forge Lane and Piringer said that the mother and her two children had not been found yet
Neighbors and property records identify the home's residents as Ken and Marie Gemmell.
Ken and his five-year-old daughter, Arabelle, were not home when the plane crash - he was at work and his girl was at school.
According to Facebook, the Gemmell's are both from New Jersey and Ken works for defense contractor Savi Technology, having previously worked for Thales Group and Washington Labs.
He studied Electrical Engineering at John Hopkins University and he and Marie welcomed their new born baby boy Devin just over a month ago.
Ken Gemmell's Facebook is filled with loving pictures of his children and wife, including many of his middle son, Cole at soccer practice and he and his oldest enjoying football games at the Baltimore Ravens.
Battling: Firefighters stand outside a house the Gaithersbug, Maryland, home on Monday after the morning plane crash
Crash: The aircraft came down at around 10.45 am on Monday morning in the Washington D.C. suburb of Gaithersburg
Destroyed: Firefighters stand outside a smoking house where a small plane crashed in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Monday morning
Smoldering: The wreckage of a small plane smolders in a house driveway after crashing in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Monday
Wreck: An FAA spokesman says preliminary information shows the crashed jet is an Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine that was on approach at the nearby Montgomery County Airpark
Crash site: A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County which led to the loss of six lives
Seconds after the crash: Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says the Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet came down around 10.45 am this morning and slammed into the homes in the Washington D.C. suburb of Gaithersburg
Aircraft: A FAA spokesman said a Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet crash landed on Monday in an affluent suburb of Washington D.C.
Explosion: These cellphone video grabs show the devastation and panic in the aftermath of the plane crash in Maryland today as firefighters battle to fight the fire
'We have a lot of work to do, a lot of damage,' said Piringer. 'But we do have one plane confirmed down, into a house.'
He says crews have the fire under control and are conducting a search and rescue operation to find anyone who was in the three homes.
'The fires are under control. We are still working on a lot of hot spots,' Piringer said to WTOP.Com
Piringer said that those hurt in the plane crash were in such bad shape that they couldn't be transported for medical attention.
Deceased: Michael K. Rosenberg, who is a CEO of North Carolina company, Health Decisions was onboard the flight.
'No one was transported to a hospital. They were not able to survive the crash,' said Piringer to the Washington Post.
The most badly affected home was the two-story, wooden frame one which was gutted by the impact of the crash and ensuing blaze.
The first floor was nearly completely blown out and smoke drifted from a gaping hole in what was left of the collapsing roof. Two adjacent homes also had significant damage, with one of them clearly having caught fire, as well.
The crash centered around 19733 Drop Forge Lane and Piringer said that the mother and her two children had not been found yet.
The crash happened less than 1 mile from the Montgomery County Airpark.
A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the agency is sending an investigator to the scene.
Crews had the fire under control within an hour and were searching for anyone who may have been in the homes.
Television news footage of the fiery scene showed one home nearly completely destroyed, with only a car left in the driveway.
According to ABC7 News, Michael K. Rosenberg, who is a CEO of North Carolina company, Health Decisions was onboard the flight.
Furthermore the pilot was described as 'experienced'.
An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) examines wreckage near the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood December 8, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Utility workers and emergency personnel work near the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood December 8, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Smoke: A fire official says at least three people on board were killed in the suburban plane crash and they confirmed a mother and her two small children also perished
Relief: Montgomery County, firefighters walk to the house where a small plane crashed in Gaithersburg on Monday
Witnesses told television news crews that they saw the airplane appear to struggle to maintain its altitude before going into a nosedive and crashing.
Witness Tracey Everett told NBC Washington that she saw the plane in difficulty before it came down.
'You could tell he was struggling with the sticks. He was trying to pull up; he would gain a little elevation and then drop again,' said Everett.
'His wings were wobbling back and forth, very unsteadily.'
Suddenly the aircraft began to roll and came down onto the row of houses.
'...I doubled around, got into the block just before some of the firetrucks got here, and just realized there was nothing I could do,' said Everett.
Immediate reaction: Crews have the fire under control and are conducting a search and rescue operation to find anyone in the homes and plane
Montgomery County: Fire officials said six people were killed when a small, private jet crashed into a house
Blast: The window of a house is damage after a small plane crashed into the house in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Monday
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer could not immediately say whether anyone was in the Gaithersburg house at the time of the Monday crash
Fred Pedreira, 67, who lives near the crash site, said he had just returned home from the grocery store and was parking his car when he saw the jet and immediately knew something was wrong.
'This guy, when I saw him, for a fast jet with the wheels down, I said, 'I think he's coming in too low,'' Pedreira told The Associated Press. 'Then he was 90 degrees — sideways — and then he went belly-up into the house and it was a ball of fire. It was terrible.
'I tell you, I got goosebumps when I saw it. I said, 'My God, those are people in that plane,' Pedreira said. 'I just hope nobody was in that home.'
The jet is registered to Sage Aviation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
According to the NTSB, there have been 14 plane crashes at Gaitheresburg in 19 years.
Of these, two were deadly and in total, five people died in these crashes.
'We hear planes come through all the time,' said a neighbor named Byron Valencia to NBC Washington.
'...I was actually in the kitchen making formula for my son, and I heard it come through, and that one was significantly louder than the other ones. And at the same time it passed over the house, and I heard a thump.... And then I started hearing sirens.'
'The aircraft was on approach to Runway 14 at the airport when the accident occurred,' said FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac to WJLA.Com.