SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) — At least two people have died after a plane departing from Yuma crashed Monday afternoon in a neighborhood near Santana High School in Santee, California, starting a fire that engulfed at least two homes.
Authorities received reports that a plane crashed into a Greencastle Street neighborhood, near Jeremy Street, at around 12:30 p.m. According to the FAA the plane was a twin engine Cessna C340. It crashed at 12:15 p.m. According to the FAA, “We don’t know yet how many people were aboard.”
Although the crash seemed to have set off a fire, firefighters were able extinguish it before it spread to other houses.
Officials from the Santee Fire Department stated that two people died and two others were admitted to hospital.
County officials confirmed that it was from Yuma, and was heading to San Diego’s Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport.
Officials described the scene “pretty vicious” and warned that there could be more deaths.
Due to the emergency response, San Diego Gas & Electric de-energized at least 10 homes.
We are still not able to provide details about the crash’s cause.
According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department authorities have placed Jeremy St. between Mast Blvd. and 2nd St., and N. Magnolia Ave. between 2nd St. & Mast Blvd. At 10123 Riverwalk Dr., the Cameron Family YMCA was designated as a temporary evacuation point.