By Rick Ritter

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJZ) –Searching for clues, investigators remain at the scene where a jet crashed into a Montgomery County home. The crash left six people dead, including a mother and her two young children.

Rick Ritter reports on how investigators are digging deeper into the pilot’s past.

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The story rocked this community and the entire state. Crews remain on scene, but tonight WJZ is learning more about the pilot’s history and his first crash four years ago.

Video shows the aftermath of Michael Rosenberg’s first plane crash in 2010. Damage and injuries were minimal compared to Monday’s tragedy.

Rosenberg, a health care CEO, was behind the jet that crashed into a neighborhood near the Montgomery County airport on Monday.

Killing all three people on board and Marie Gemmell, who huddled in a room with her sons, 7-week-old Devin and his brother, Cole. All three died of smoke inhalation.

“It’s almost like you’re looking at a movie set or something…  how can that be happenin,” neighbor, Jim Siron said.

WJZ obtained photos and documents from the National Transportation Safety Board of Rosenberg’s crash four years ago, stating his plane began to drift after it landed, before ending up in trees.

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When asked if he was hurt, Rosenberg said, “only his pride.”

Crews continue to clean up debris and try and secure what’s left of the damaged homes.

Ken Gemmell and his daughter, Arabelle, weren’t home at the time of the crash. Saying on Facebook, “We’ve endured a loss no one should have.”

“It’s really one of the most unfortunate things that’s come along in our neighborhood in a long, long time,” Airport Advisory committee, Devin Battley said.

Family and friends of the victims continue to piece together the traumatic ordeal.

Since the crash, family and friends have started a fund for the Gemmell family. They’ve raised more than $400-thousand in just three days.

Investigators said the plane in Monday’s crash, slowed down too fast, but there was no evidence of engine failure.


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