As investigators piece together Friday's deadly plane crash, crews are getting ready to bring down what's left of the two structures.
Balloons, flowers and stuffed animals line Charter Oak Avenue near heavy machinery that's already in place to demolish the homes.
Friday's fiery crash has left many in East Haven with unanswered questions and growing grief over the four lives lost, including the two young girls who were inside their home when the plane crashed into it.
Bill Henningsgaard, a retired Microsoft executive from Seattle was piloting the plane. He and his 17-year-old son Maxwell were on the East Coast looking at colleges.
Henningsgaard brother Blair Henningsgaard visited the site of the crash Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning he will pick up the remains of his brother and nephew.
Sade Brantley, 13, and 1-year-old Madisyn Mitchell were also killed when the plane was attempting to land at Tweed-New Haven Airport when it crashed, landing upside down on their home.
Dave Esposito said he heard the plane and ran into the burning home to try to save the girls after hearing their mother yelling for help.
"I just ran in and she said her kids were in there," he said. "I ran upstairs, looked in the crib, closets and under the blankets."
Esposito said he was devastated that he was not able to save the girls, but said that over the weekend he did learn from police that the girls, according to the medical examiner, were killed when the plane hit the house.
"It was (kind of) haunting me," he said. "I did what I did, but it just kept coming and going. I really needed to put that into perspective. It's awful."
On Saturday, hundreds gathered in the center of East Haven to pray for the families and be there to support the mother of the two girls.
Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the crash.
They said there were no distress calls and that Henningsgaard was in contact with the control tower just seconds before the crash.
Its not the first time Henningsgaard crashed. In 2009, he and his mother survived when the plane he was piloting went down in the Columbia River.
Still, his brother said nothing could stop his love of flying.
Investigators said they expect a preliminary report in about 10 days, but a full report could take months.
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