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5 Dead After Small Plane Nosedives Into OC Neighborhood


Five people were killed and two others were injured when a small plane crashed into a residential area in Orange County on Sunday, according to Orange County Fire authorities. The crash resulted in a fire that gutted a house and left a debris field four blocks long.

“It felt like an earthquake,” neighbor Sarah Ahern told NBC4. “So I actually grabbed my kids and went into the hallway.”

The plane crashed in the 1900 block of Canyon Drive in Yorba Linda around 1:45 p.m. The aircraft, a Cessna 414A, crashed into a residential home under unknown circumstances. It had just departed the Fullerton Municipal Airport.

There’s no information so far regarding why the plane crashed, OCFA Capt. Cameron Rossman said.

The pilot — described only as a man — was killed. Four other people — two men and two women — were also killed inside the home. Two more people in the home were hospitalized with burn injuries. Their conditions were unknown. 

“The whole house within a matter of seconds was burning,” Ahern said. 

Due to the intensive damage at the home due to the fire, the coroner was just beginning to make entry into the house late Sunday. The names of those killed will be withheld pending notification of kin.

A family friend says the unidentified victims were preparing to host a Super Bowl party when the plane came crashing down right into their home. 

One firefighter suffered an ankle injury, Rossman said.

A total of 72 firefighters from the OCFA, Anaheim and Orange were dispatched to the scene, he said.

The crash was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

NBC4’s Rick Montanez contributed to this report. 

Photo Credit: AP
Source: NBC San Diego

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