5 die, 2 hos­pi­tal­ized when plane parts hit Cal­i­for­nia house

Sun.Star Pampanga - - WORLD! -

YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Five peo­ple died and two oth­ers were in­jured af­ter a small plane ap­par­ently came apart, rain­ing de­bris across a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia neigh­bor­hood and ig­nit­ing a house fire be­fore land­ing in a back­yard, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day.

The male pi­lot, who was the only per­son in the twin-en­gine plane, and four peo­ple in the Yorba Linda house that caught fire died Sun­day, Orange County Sher­iff’s Lt. Cory Martino said at a news con­fer­ence Sun­day night. He says the de­ceased oc­cu­pants of the home were two males and two fe­males. No other iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion such as names or ages was im­me­di­ately re­leased.

The Cessna 414A took off from the Fuller­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port about a dozen miles west of the blaze, Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion spokesman Allen Ken­itzer sai d.

A two-story house burst into flames af­ter be­ing struck by the main cabin and one en­gine of the plane, send­ing pan­icked neigh­bors into the streets. The sec­ond en­gine dis­lodged and fell onto the street, cre­at­ing a large hole in the as­phalt, ac­cord­ing to Eliott Simp­son, an avi­a­tion ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Boar d .

“It was a boom. It sounded like some­thing ex­ploded. It shook our house,” said John Wol­bart, who lives a block away.

He said he ran to the burn­ing house and saw a woman come out with singed hair.

The wounded were taken to a hos­pi­tal with burn in­juries, said Pokey Sanchez, an as­sis­tant chief with the Orange County Fire Au­thor­ity. A fire­fighter was also treated for a mi­nor in­jury.

Clint Lang­ford, who lives about a half-mile away, said he was in his liv­ing room when he heard a low rum­bling.

“It’s the eerie, low rum­bling sound that keeps get­ting lower and louder. It was scary,” he said. “And then all of a sud­den boom. It shook the house.”

He looked out his front door and could see plane parts fall­ing out the sky in the dis­tance.

Pat Rogers, who lives about a mile from the crash site, told the Orange County Reg­is­ter he saw the plane on fire and com­ing ap ar t .

Video posted on Twit­ter showed pan­icked res­i­dents run­ning to the house as it be­came en­gulfed in flames and dark smoke. One man doused a burn­ing wing that landed on the street with a gar­den hose.

Ae­rial footage taken from news he­li­copters show plane parts, in­clud­ing side pan­els and a pro­pel­ler, scat­tered on rooftops and drive­ways near the burned house. The main body of the twinengine plane was found in the back­yard of an­other home not far from the burned house. The fire spread to a SUV that was parked in the drive­way.

De­bris was scat­tered over four blocks, Simp­son said.

Rain from a win­ter storm helped fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guish the house fire. They planned to search the burned house in case there were ad­di­tional vic­tims, Sanchez said.

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