Associated Press, Jeff Popovich

PAYSON, AZ – Authorities say a pilot is dead after a small plane crashed into a home in the north-central Arizona town of Payson. 

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the single-engine Cessna 240 went down under unknown circumstances around 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

FAA officials originally said the pilot was the only person aboard the plane and that there were no reported injuries on the ground, but in an afternoon update on Sunday, officials stated there was also a passenger on the plane. The condition of the passenger was not immediately known.

The names of the crash victims weren’t immediately available Sunday.

Payson authorities say the man who owns the home was able to get out safely.

Doug Denham, who has lived in the home for 23 years, told ABC15 it was, “a hell of a crash…didn’t know what it was, but just, BOOM, and then the front glass went flying out into the front yard.”

Firefighters who responded to the crash say the plane sliced through the home’s room and caused extensive damage to the front and back of the house.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the crash.

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