SURPRISE, Ariz. - Police said a small blue and white single-engine plane crashed into a greenbelt area inside Sun Village, a gated community for adults 55 and older in Surprise.
No homes were hit or damaged when the plane crashed around 5 p.m. on Saturday, according to officers.
Sue Petty lives in the area and is stunned that no homes were hit.
“It’s bad, but I said it had to be the Hand of God that put that plane down where it did," Petty said, "because it could’ve took out no telling how many homes with people in it.”
Surprise police Sergeant Norman Owens said two people were inside the single engine plane when it exploded into the ground, between trees.
“We are very fortunate that it only collided into the trees, and we’re looking at the injuries only to the pilot and his copilot or the passenger,” Owens said.
The plane, coming from the east, authorities said, miraculously missed every home in its path. Homes filled with people living in the retirement community near Bell Road and Grand Avenue.
I came running out of a lady’s house and she didn’t hear it," Petty said. "But I thought, man, you ought to be deaf if you didn’t hear it."
Firefighters said two people were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries -- the pilot and the only passenger. One was taken by ground, the other by air.
No traffic delays are expected in the area.
Community members said they're praying for the crash victims' recovery.