A small plane crashed into a residential area in Southern California on Monday, killing two people, including a UPS pilot, and leaving a trail of destruction, authorities said. Two homes were destroyed, along with several vehicles, in the town of Santee, ten miles[16 km]northeast of San Diego.
The plane, the twin-engine Cessna, was flying from Yuma, Arizona, to San Diego when it hit areas around 12pm local time, officials said. It is unclear how many people were on the board.
Justin Matsushita, the city’s deputy chief fire officer, said the two injured were taken to local hospitals but said he could not explain the extent of their injuries. As for those on the plane, Matsushita said officials believe their injuries “do not survive.”
The UPS truck was one of the vehicles struck in the accident, officials said. The company confirmed the slain employee said it would work with investigators.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our employee, and extend our deepest apologies to his family and friends. We also extend our condolences to the people involved in this incident, their families and friends,” the company said.
Video on social media showed a large amount of black smoke emanating from the area, which is found in several brakes from high school. None of the students were injured, such a school, and the police were urging residents to block the area.
No homeowners died, officials said. After the crash, a witness said two men in the community rushed outside to help a man and a woman trapped in one of the damaged homes.
“They pulled the woman out and then threw a fence at the ground to get the man out,” he said. “Hopefully, they were the only two people in the house.”
The National Transportation Safety Board has said it will conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident.