At least 2 dead after plane crash sets California homes ablaze

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At least two people were killed and two others were injured when a small plane crashed in a southern California suburb, burning two homes, officials said.

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It was not immediately known whether the victims were on the ground or aboard a twin-engine Cessna, which went down in Santi, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of downtown San Diego, around noon.

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Matsushita said two people died on the spot and two were hospitalized with an unknown condition.

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Officials said two houses and several vehicles were destroyed in the fire.

This is a breaking news update. Below is an earlier story from AP.

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A small plane crashed in a suburb of Southern California on Monday, injuring at least two people and setting two homes on fire, officials said.

The accident occurred shortly after noon in the city of Santi, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of downtown San Diego.

Fire Chief John Garlow said two people were injured. He did not know their positions or whether they were in the plane or on the ground.

One house was “well covered” in the flames, and a second house also caught fire, Garlow said. A box truck, possibly a package delivery vehicle, also burnt down, he said.

About an hour after the accident, TV news footage showed the fire had been extinguished and that two houses and a vehicle in the street were still smoldering and burning in flames.

Jim Slaff told NBC 7 in San Diego that neighbors pulled his mother out of the window of her burning home and rescued her stepfather from the backyard. His dog appears to have died.

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Slough said neighbors told him the couple were “obviously shaken but are fine” and taken to UC San Diego Medical Center. “It’s a war zone. It’s not even a house,” Slaf said after arriving at the scene.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft was a two-engine Cessna C340. It was not immediately known where the flight originated or was leaving, or how many people were on board.

The accident occurred about three blocks from Santana High School in a city of about 50,000 residents. The school said on Twitter that “all students are safe.”

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