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At least 2 dead after plane crash in residential area near San Diego

A twin-engine Cessna crashed in a residential neighborhood near San Diego on Monday afternoon, killing at least two people and torching several homes, authorities said.

The accident happened near the corner of Jeremy and Greencastle streets in Santee, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, according to the city.


The C340 crashed at 12:14 p.m. PDT, the FAA said.

Santee Deputy Fire Chief Justin Matsushita said there were “several confirmed deaths”.

“We know there have been at least two confirmed deaths,” Matsushita added.

The craft fell a few blocks from Santana High School, but no one was injured, the school said.

The scene of the crash is about four miles north of Gillespie Field, a small airport in El Cajon County, and 16 miles east of the Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego.

The plane also appeared to hit and destroy a delivery truck parked in the neighborhood.

A man who rushed to the neighborhood said he found the devastated house where his mother and stepfather live.

“It’s a war zone, it’s not even a house. Everything they own there has been destroyed, the man told NBC San Diego.

This is a developing story, please update here for updates.

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