SANTEE (California)KGTV) – At least two people are dead after a plane crashed in a neighborhood near San Diego, California Monday afternoon.
Authorities claim they received reports about a plane going down in the Santee area around 12:30 p.m.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it was a twin-engine Cessna C340. The FAA stated that “We don’t yet know how many people were aboard.”
UPS confirmed that one of their employees was killed in the plane crash. You can read the statement below from UPS
We are devastated by the loss our employee. We extend our deepest sympathy to his loved ones. We also condolence to the families and friends of all those involved in this tragedy.
We cooperate with the responding authorities in their investigations and respectfully defer questions to the investigating officials.
The fire started after the crash, which apparently ignited a fire that burned at most two homes and several cars. However, firefighters responded quickly to extinguish it before it spread to other properties.
Justin Matsushita, Santee’s Deputy Fire Chief, said that in addition to the two victims who died there were two other people taken to a local hospital.
Matsushita described the scene as “pretty brutal,” and noted there was a possibility of more fatalities.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
According to the county, the flight plan indicated that the plane was coming from Yuma (Ariz.) and was to land at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport on Kearny Mesa. According to the county, the plane was not in radio communication with Gillespie Field tower nearby and there was no indication that it was trying landing there.