A small plane has crashed into a car in a parking lot near a Houston, Texas, airport, killing three people aboard the aircraft.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said the plane crashed shortly after 1pm into a car that was parked at a hardware store near Hobby Airport in the southeastern part of the city.

Fire Captain Ruy Lozano said officials believe the three people killed in the accident were on the plane.

No one was in the parked car that was hit by the plane, Lozano said.

‘It didn’t strike the building. No fire. No fuel spill,’ he said.

Evans said no other injuries were reported.

Witnesses said the plane appeared to have fallen from the sky and dropped to the ground.

‘There was a great big loud noise, like a bomb and a real screechy noise. When I looked out I saw the plane in the parking lot,’ Susan Conklin, who was in her resale shop across the street from the hardware store when the crash occurred, said in a phone interview.

Conklin said that after the crash, she didn’t see any movement from inside the plane and people didn’t immediately rush to the plane over concern it might explode.

‘It was scary,’ she said.

Television news footage showed the plane narrowly missed hitting a couple of propane tanks in the parking lot.

The single-engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft had been trying to land at Hobby Airport when it crashed less than a mile northwest of the airport, said Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

AP

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A small plane has crashed into a car in a parking lot near a Houston, Texas, airport, killing three people aboard the aircraft. Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said the plane crashed shortly after 1pm into a car that was parked at a hardware store near Hobby Airport in...