- Five people were killed Sunday after a small plane crashed in a suburban neighbourhood in Yorba Linda, California.
- A male pilot was the only person in the plane, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Sunday, and police confirmed four additional victims were inside the home.
- The plane was a Cessna 414A and crashed shortly after departing the Fullerton Municipal Airport, investigators said.
- The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the crash.
Five people were killed and another three were injured after a small plane crashed into a suburban neighbourhood in Yorba Linda, California, and set a home ablaze, the Orange County Fire Authority said Sunday.
A male pilot was the only person inside the plane, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter late Sunday, and four people inside the home were killed.
Three people, including a firefighter, were injured, according to KTLA. Two of the injured were hospitalized with burn injuries and the firefighter was treated for minor injuries.
The plane was a Cessna 414A, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer told the Associated PressSunday. It crashed shortly after departing the Fullerton Municipal Airport, though it’s unclear why.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
#OCSDPIO Update: confirmed five deceased, male pilot and four individuals inside the home, two males and two females. OC Coroner working to positively identify the decedents and notify next of kin, no additional info at this time. NTSB investigating, investigation ongoing. pic.twitter.com/T5Rm2oxxeQ
— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSheriff) February 4, 2019
The neighbourhood was plunged into chaos and panic on Sunday afternoon, with residents describing a loud bang that “felt like a bomb,” as pieces of the plane rained down on their property.
“One of the first things I did when I saw the damage was get on my knees and thank God,” Nancy Mehl, a 65-year-old resident,told The Los Angeles Times. “Talk about being spared.”
Mehl told the newspaper she, her husband, and dogs fled for cover in their home when they heard takeoff-like noises. Then, a piece of the plane’s engine flew through a pillar on the front porch, and through a first-floor window and two rooms.
Pieces of an exhaust pipe also blasted into the home’s second floor, and a propeller fell onto the driveway, she told The Times.
Some residents described seeing the plane fall apart while it was still midair, telling the Orange County Register that it caught fire while it was still falling.
Witnesses took to social media Sunday afternoon to share photos and videos of the flames engulfing the homes, emitting thick, black smoke:
Pray for this people please !! It’s happening right now in Yorba Linda pic.twitter.com/sBbzXmd7aK
— nd (@qinti22) February 3, 2019
— Joshua Nelson (@JoshuaRNelson) February 3, 2019
#planecrash today around around 2pm in Yorba Linda a plane crash into a house very close to my house. I hope everyone is ok and that no one got hurt. I sound a little weird because I got my wisdom teeth taken out. pic.twitter.com/1yW1Jngsev
— Ryan Baumann (@d3_ryan) February 3, 2019
Plane crashed near my house in Yorba Linda.
I thought a bomb was dropped or something cuz I heard a plane engine moving in close and then my house shook on impact.
This pic is near my elementary school. pic.twitter.com/ECAA9QNhVZ
— Jeremy W (@the_bluejacket) February 3, 2019
OCFA, Anaheim, Orange and OCSD on scene of a small aircraft down into a single family house. 1 structure involved, 2 people dead, 2 patients transported to local hospital. OCFA in Unified Command with @OCSheriff_ .
Press Conference TBD pic.twitter.com/F0FzibNcU3
— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) February 3, 2019
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