Plane crash aftermath: 'It really came home, how fleeting life can be'

WOODINVILLE, Wash. - A local family is recovering from a frighteningly close call as federal investigators try to figure out what caused a small plane to crash into their Woodinville home Saturday.

Meanwhile, the family of the plane's pilot is grieving his death while waiting at the bedside of his nephew, who was in the plane and survived the crash but suffered serious injuries

A crane removed the wreckage from the side of the Woodinville family's house on Sunday as a federal crash investigator gathered more evidence.

It was an emotional moment for the homeowners - who just returned from out of town and are just now able to hug their 21-year-old son, who was at home when the plane slammed into the garage, missing him by only a few feet.

"Just knowing my son was so close to the accident. He was right above it - it really came home, how fleeting life can be," says homeowner Rodney Korn.

His son, Tallon Korn, was playing video games with a friend in a room above the garage when the single-engine, four-seater plane smashed through the garage door and against the side of the house.

"I feel very lucky - if it hadn't hit where it did, if it hit 10 feet up, I would have been done," says Tallon.

The pilot at the controls, 45-year-old Jay Uusitalo of Redmond, did not survive. His only passenger, a nephew visiting from Eastern Washington, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. He was initially listed in critical condition, but was upgraded to serious condition on Sunday.

"Finding out there was a young man involved - it really got into my heart," says Rodney Korn. "I feel very bad for the family that had this happen."

Investigators say it could take up to nine months to determine an official cause for the crash.

Witnesses say they heard the engine sputtering and saw the propellor stop spinning before the aircraft flipped over and came down, smashing into the Woodinville home.

Right now, Rodney Korn and his family want another family to know ...

"People are thinking about them and hoping for the best result out of what was a very terrible tragedy," he says.