UPDATE: Family inside when plane crashed into their Iowa St. home

When the twin-engine jet crashed Sunday afternoon it hit three homes, one of which had a mother and son inside who managed to escape as the plane’s cockpit tore through their house.

Patricia Kobalski says she was in the back of her home at 1614 North Iowa St. watching television while her 6-year-old son was playing video games. She says at first she heard what sounded like a loud explosion that shook the entire house.

As she made her way through some debris, Kobalski grabbed her son, ran out the back door and escaped uninjured.

“I'm just glad someone was watching over us, watching over him. I was further back from the impact so he was right there. If the impact would have been harder or at a different angle, he might not be here,” Kobalski said.

Crews removed part of Kobalski’s roof today in order to have greater access to the plane. She says the jet’s cockpit is still visible through her front picture window.

An account has been set up at Key Bank for Patricia Kobalski and her son to help them with the cost of repairing their damaged home. The Kobalskis lost everything and friends say Patricia has to miss work as a result of the crash. Anyone interesting in lending a helping hand can go to any area Key Bank and say they want to donate to Patricia Kobalski.

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