Small plane crashes in San Diego engulfing houses in flames

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Officials say a small two-engine plane has crashed in a suburb near San Diego.

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The plane went up in flames after hitting homes in Santee, California’s San Diego County at 12:14 p.m. on Monday.

Two houses were destroyed and a third was badly damaged, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

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Senti Fire Chief John Garlow said two people who were inside their homes were taken to hospital with burn injuries ABC News. The plane also collided with a UPS truck.

An eyewitness said he saw the plane “bank and then drop” moments before the crash, and then saw a plume of smoke rising from the house.

Another eyewitness wrote on Twitter that the impact “felt like an earthquake”.

The plane was reportedly attempting to land at nearby Gillespie Field Airport.

The crash site was about two blocks from Santana High School.

The school issued a statement to assure the parents that all the students are safe.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Office said a temporary evacuation point has been set up by the Southern California Red Cross for those affected by the accident at the Cameron Family YMCA in Santee.

He told motorists to avoid the 9900 block of North Magnolia Avenue.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / San Diego

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