SANTI – A small plane crashed in a Southern California neighborhood Monday, killing at least two people, injuring two and setting two homes on fire.
It was not immediately clear if the victims were on the ground or riding on twin-engine Cessna, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of San Diego.
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Matsushita said two people died at the scene and two were hospitalized in an unknown condition.
Two houses and several vehicles, including a box truck, caught fire, officials said.
“It’s not very graphic, but it’s a very brutal scene,” Matsushita said.
About an hour after the crash, TV news footage showed the fire was extinguished and two houses and a truck were still on fire.
Jim Salaf told NBC 7 in San Diego that neighbors pulled his mother out of the window of his burning house and rescued his stepfather from the backyard. Looks like their dog is dead.
Neighbors told him the pair were “clearly shaken but fine” and were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, Salaf said. “It’s a war zone. It’s not even a house,” Salaf said after arriving at the scene.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft was a twin-engine Cessna C340. It was not immediately clear where the flight started or was heading, or how many people were on board.
The crash happened about three blocks from Santana High School, a town of about 50,000 residents. “All students are safe,” the school said on Twitter.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
The report was co-authored by Elliott Spaghett, an Associated Press writer in San Diego, and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles.