Small plane crashes into San Diego house, 2 die

Small plane crashes into San Diego house, 2 die

Southern California authorities said that a single-engine plane had four passengers aboard crashed and burst into flames, killing two passengers and injuring the other two people into a Clairemont home in a San Diego neighborhood. It had taken off from Montgomery-Gibbs Airport, about a half-mile away.

Donna Null, who lives across the street, said she heard a crash and went outside, where she saw neighbors running toward the house.

The pilot apparently tried to land in a field behind the house, but the plane skidded through a fence and crashed into the back of a home, sparking a fire, the paper reported.

Less than two minutes after the crash, fire crews arrived and it took about 30 minutes to knock down the fire, KFMB reports. The Union-Tribune also reported the pilot and a passenger were taken to a local hospital.

Another neighbor, Abe Bejjani, told The Tribune that he was watching TV when he heard an explosion he thought was a propane tank blowing up.

According to the report, the plane's engine stalled, sending it into the home. He ran toward the flames and helped break the windows.

The FAA and National Transportation and Safety Board will be investigating what caused the plane to crash, officials said.

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