Kansasville homeowner relieved daughter not hurt after plane crashed into garage

CREATED Sep. 10, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 10, 2012

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KANSASVILLE- Those who live in a Racine County neighborhood are still stunned that more people weren't hurt in Sunday's deadly plane crash.

A single-engine plane went down, and the pilot died but no one else was hurt.

Meantime, neighbors told TODAY'S TMJ4 the devastation could have been much worse.

Don O'Rourke went racing for his home once he saw the plane crash into his garage.

"I panicked, I really did," said O'Rourke to TODAY'S TMJ4.  "I saw the big plume of smoke and thought oh my god!"

The volunteer firefighter was at work Sunday when he found out about the crash

O'Rourke's daughter was inside their garage minutes before the plane crashed into it.  All he could see when he arrived home was flames shooting into the air.

"All I really care about was if my daughter was out of the house because I knew she was the only one home," said O'Rourke.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro says the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza was flying from Chicago Executive Airport to Minocqua in north-central Wisconsin when it crashed around noon Sunday.

The NTSB has now taken over the investigation.  Investigators are in the process of removing what's left of the airplane at the crash site.

Authorities told TODAY'S TMJ4 they plan on taking the plane to Oshkosh where they'll piece it together and give it a second look.

This airplane didn't have a black box, but there may be some data that could help them figure out what went wrong.