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At least two people killed in plane crash near San Diego as houses set fire |  World news


At least two people were killed in a plane crash near San Diego, California.

Two houses were burned down and ten others damaged after the plane crashed in a densely populated suburb of Santee.

At least two people were injured and several vehicles, including a UPS delivery truck, were set on fire.

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Two houses were destroyed in the accident. Photo: AP

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread to other homes.

UPS confirmed that one of its drivers had died, adding: “We are heartbroken over the loss of our employee.”

The plane, a twin-engine Cessna C340, is said to be a private jet flying between Yuma, Ariz., And the Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego, according to local firefighters.

The crash site is a few miles north of a small San Diego County airport called Gillespie Field and NBC San Diego has reported that the plane encountered difficulties when it tried to land there.

Further details on who was on board were not immediately available, although Santee Deputy Fire Chief Justin Matsushita said “injuries cannot survive for anyone on this plane.”

“Not to be too graphic, but it’s a pretty brutal scene,” he said as his colleagues searched the ruins.

At least two people killed in plane crash near San Diego as houses set fire |  World news
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Some local residents were rescued by neighbors. Photo: AP

The crash happened about three blocks from Santana High School, who said all of her students were safe.

Witnesses said they saw a retired couple being rescued from one of the destroyed homes.

Michael Keeley felt his house shake when the accident happened and ran barefoot outside to find a neighbor calling for help from inside his burning house.

At least two people killed in plane crash near San Diego as houses set fire |  World news
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Several vehicles caught fire. Photo: AP

The 43-year-old man stood on a rock and helped the woman out through the window.

Her forearms were burned and her hair was scorched, Mr Keeley said, adding: “She kept saying ‘my puppy, my puppy’.”

He heard explosions inside the house moments later.

At least two people killed in plane crash near San Diego as houses set fire |  World news
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A UPS truck was destroyed in the accident. Photo: AP

The woman’s husband was rescued from their backyard by other neighbors who destroyed the fences.

Andrew Pelloth, 30, was among them and said the noise from the crash was so loud he thought it was a meteorite.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have launched an investigation.


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