Two young children, their mother and prominent doctor among 6 dead after suburban Maryland plane crash

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Jet Crashes in Maryland Killing Six


By RYAN GORMAN

A mother on maternity leave and her two youngest children -- including a newborn -- are among six people confirmed dead after a small plane crash outside Washington, D.C. that left multiple homes damaged.

Marie Gemmell, her three-year-old son Cole and a six-week-old boy were killed when their home was hit by the plane at 10:44 a.m., according to local authorities and reports. The pilot, Michael Rosenberg, was also confirmed killed. The other victims have yet to be identified.

Gemmell and her children were initially unaccounted for but their bodies were eventually found inside the home, authorities said, providing her last name. She was first fully identified by WJLA.

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Two young children, their mother and prominent doctor among 6 dead after suburban Maryland plane crash
A small plane crashed into a neighborhood near a Maryland airport on Monday and set several houses on fire, a fire department spokesman said. The plane crashed into a home near the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, a Washington, D.C. suburb, county fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said in a statement.
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: A flight recorder is carried from a plane that went down in a neighborhood on Monday December 08, 2014 in Gaithersburg, MD. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Engines from ill fated #Embraer jet loaded on trailer as @NTSB combs wreckage. #Gaithersburg http://t.co/Js1Yx32Oqn
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: Utility workers and emergency personnel work near the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood December 8, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The three occupants of the plane were killed in the crash, and investigators are searching for three people who are unaccounted for on the ground. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: Utility workers and emergency personnel work near the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood December 8, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The three occupants of the plane were killed in the crash, and investigators are searching for three people who are unaccounted for on the ground. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
GAITHERSBURG - DECEMBER 8: Officers console Ken Gemmell after a small plane crashed into a Gaithersburg, Md. neighborhood on Monday, December 8, 2014. Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said that at 6 people were confirmed dead, including Gemmell's wife and two of their children. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DEC 08: Three people were killed in this house after it caught fire due to a plane that crashed just yards away. A plane crashed into houses on Drop Forge Lane in Gaithersburg, Maryland today. Three persons were killed in the plane and 3 persons were killed in one of the homes. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: Police personnel block a portion of Snouffer School Road due to a plane crash on Monday December 08, 2014 in Gaithersburg, MD. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 8: The scene of a small plane crash into a residential neighborhood on December, 08, 2014 in Gaithersburg, MD. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Marie Gemmell and her three-year-old son Cole, shown here in an earlier photo, were killed in the fire caused by the crash. (Facebook)
Firefighters stand outside a smoking house where a small plane crashed in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday Dec. 8, 2014. A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
A picture of the Gemmell's house from two years ago, almost to the day. (Facebook)
Cole Gemmell, from two years ago, not enjoying a visit to Santa Claus. (Facebook)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: Firefighters inspect the scene after a small passenger plane crashed into a residential area, engulfing one home in flames and damaging two others in Gaithersburg, USA on December 8, 2014. So far the three passengers on the plane are confirmed dead with other injuries unknown. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A more recent photo of Cole Gemmell. (Facebook)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: A damaged home is seen after a small passenger plane crashed into a residential area, engulfing one home in flames and damaging two others in Gaithersburg, USA on December 8, 2014. So far the three passengers on the plane are confirmed dead with other injuries unknown. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Michael J. Rosenberg, a prominent North Carolina doctor and CEO of Health Decisions, was the pilot of the downed jet, family have confirmed. (Health Decisions)
This, according to FlightAware, is the Embraer Phenom executive jet that went down Monday morning. (FlightAware)
Firefighters stand outside a house in Gaithersbug, Md., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, where a small plane crashed. A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Montgomery County, Md., firefighters walk to the house where a small plane crashed in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday Dec. 8, 2014. A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
A firefighter stands outside a smoldering house where a small plane crashed in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday Dec. 8, 2014. A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
(Pete Piringer)
Montgomery County, Md. firefighters stand outside a house where a small plane crashed in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday Dec. 8, 2014. A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: Utility workers and emergency personnel work near the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood December 8, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The three occupants of the plane were killed in the crash, and investigators are searching for three people who are unaccounted for on the ground. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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@nbcwashington photo seconds after crash from another plane overhead. Photo credit: Alex King http://t.co/XlAI1DQ4zK
The wreckages of a small plane sits in a house driveway after crashing in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday Dec. 8, 2014. A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
The window of a house is damage after a small plane crashed into the house in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday Dec. 8, 2014. A small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County, and a fire official says at least three people on board were killed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: Firefighters inspect the scene after a small passenger plane crashed into a residential area, engulfing one home in flames and damaging two others in Gaithersburg, USA on December 8, 2014. So far the three passengers on the plane are confirmed dead with other injuries unknown. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: Firefighters inspect the scene after a small passenger plane crashed into a residential area, engulfing one home in flames and damaging two others in Gaithersburg, USA on December 8, 2014. So far the three passengers on the plane are confirmed dead with other injuries unknown. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) examines wreckage near the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood December 8, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The three occupants of the plane were killed in the crash, and investigators are searching for three people who are unaccounted for on the ground. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) examines wreckage at the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood December 8, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The three occupants of the plane were killed in the crash, and investigators are searching for three people who are unaccounted for on the ground. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
GAITHERSBURG, MD - DECEMBER 08: An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (NTSB) examines wreckage near the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood December 8, 2014 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The three occupants of the plane were killed in the crash, and investigators are searching for three people who are unaccounted for on the ground. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Her husband and a six-year-old daughter survived, fire officials said. The couple appears to have been married only a few years ago, according to Geller's Facebook page. A pet dog that was in the home remains unaccounted for.

The couple were avid sports fans, according to social media posts showing them attending Denver Broncos games in Denver and at the 2006 World Cup, in Germany. They also appeared to regularly attend home games for the MLS team D.C. United.

Family told WJLA the pilot was Michael Rosenberg. The prominent doctor survived a separate plane crash four years ago at the same airport, according to the station.

The aircraft, reportedly an Embraer Phenom executive jet, crashed in rural Gaithersburg, Maryland, about one mile short of a nearby runway. The flight originated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The first home hit by the twin-engine Phenom is directly in line with the runway at Montgomery County Airpark, according NTSB investigator Robert Sumwalt, who spoke at a Monday afternoon press conference.

The second home was struck directly and the third home, in which the dead mother and her children were in, was hit by a catapulting wing that burst into flames upon impact.

Dozens of firefighters were shown in local news footage battling multiple fires.

A local told WTOP the jet "crashed into a house, and the house was engulfed in flames."

The jet is registered to Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based Sage Aviation, according to FlightAware. It was first registered in 2009, records showed.

Chopper footage showed a large plume of smoke rising from the scene an hour after the crash.

This is a developing story, more information will come as it is made available.

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