Four people were on board the plane that reported electrical problems while attempting to land at South Bend Regional Airport, according to an FAA spokesperson. Two people on board the plane were killed and two others were injured, according to preliminary reports.
The Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet departed from Tulsa, Okla., and made several attempts to approach. On the final approach the engine stalled and the plan plummeted into a near-by neighborhood, according to the FAA.
Officials have declined to release the number of injuries or fatalities from those who may have been in the homes.
Speaking to reporters Sunday night, John Corthier of the South Bend Fire Department said some inside the affected house did survive.
Two of the homes have yet to be searched because of fuel leaking from the plane.
Authorities say four people were taken to a local hospital after the crash, though it is unclear if they were in the plane or on the ground.
Three of those patients were admitted with non-life threatening injuries, according to a spokesperson for Memorial Hospital in South Bend. The condition of the fourth patient is unknown at this time.
A 1,000-foot perimeter has been established around the scene and almost 250 people have been evacuated, according to a spokesperson for the South Bend Police Department.
"There is quite a bit of fuel that is still in the basement and that is one of the main reasons why we have the area blocked," said Corthier.
There was no fire at the site of the crash, but there was a gas leak, which prompted the evacuation. The area will remain evacuated until at least Monday morning.
The National Transportation Safety Board will send a regional investigator to South Bend.
Jay Blackman contributed to this report