Brian Veatch told KMGH-TV that he didn't realize the house he hit Monday was the same one he used to live in a decade ago until someone pointed it out.
The plane's owner, Tom Mace, says the veteran firefighter crashed upside down and didn't realize it was his old house. He says Veatch doesn't know the young couple who lives there now.
No one was home at the time of the crash.
Police said it looked like Veatch was trying to land in a field near the house.
Veatch is already back at work at the fire house but declined to be interviewed.