At least two people were killed and two injured after a small plane crashed into multiple homes and vehiclesin a suburban Southern California neighborhood Monday, officials said.
According to Fire Chief John Garlow, the crash occurred shortly after noon, in Santee about 20 miles north of San Diego.
The plane, a twin-engine Cessna 340, struck several homes and multiple vehicles, including aUPS TruckGarlow stated that the house was severely damaged. He said that three homes sustained “major damage”, and that two of them were totally burned.
Two people were killed and two more suffered burns, Justin Matsushita, deputy fire chief, told reporters. He said that there were more victims.
“It’s a pretty brutal scene,” Matsushita said.
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The identity of the UPS driver wasn’t immediately knownamong the dead or injured, officials said.
Garlow also said that it wasn’t clear whether any one was in the affected homes. The sheriff’s department was checking inside nearby homes, too, he said.
Jennifer Ward told USA TODAY she was sitting at home watching a movie when she felt the house shake.
Ward said, “I was afraid a tree would fall on my house.” One street away from Ward, the plane crashed. Ward stated that she drove down this road several times per day.
Ward’s home and Santana High School were hit by the plane. Students at Santana temporarily went into secure locations and were later released.
“All the kids at the school were really scared because they didn’t know what was going on, and the school was shaking, too,” said Ward, whose 15-year-old son attends Santana.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.
The American Red Cross of Southern California set up a temporary evacuation center at a nearby YMCA.
Garlow stated that Santee has been the site of other crashes in recent times. A crash in a commercial area in 2015 killed a pilot, he said. A pilot was also killed in another crash that occurred 10 years ago, he stated.