A Cessna 182 crashed and burst into flames on the ground in a residential neighborhood in West Palm Beach, Florida, police said Monday.
The plane, which was in a training exercise, hit a tree on a cul-de-sac and then burst into flame on the lawn of the home of the pilot, Capt. Brian Baughman said.
The pilot, a man in his 30s, was able to escape unharmed and was taken to a hospital.
A total of 40 people were killed, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The crash site is located in a neighborhood of about 100 homes, Baughmen said.
It is a neighborhood where the FAA is training pilots to fly over populated areas.
The Cessnas, known as Silver Hawks, have been used for a number of missions over the last year.
The pilot was training to fly to the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast.