2 killed in San Diego after small plane crashes into house

Marie Harrington
December 11, 2017

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.

The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. local time, shortly after the plane took off from the Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport located less than a kilometer from the crash site.

Officials said that the plane was a six-seat Beech B36 Bonanza, and it took off from nearby Montgomery Field.

A neighbor, Richard King, told Fox 5 San Diego that he was on his roof putting up Christmas lights when he heard a loud explosion.

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The paper reports the pilot apparently tried to land in a field behind the house. The occupants of the house were not home, but neighbors said a dog died.

The plane turned, "like it was trying to get wind underneath its wings", and then crashed into the back ot the house, he said.

"All of a sudden, I see a big fire coming toward my house", he said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the pilot and a passenger were taken to a hospital with burns, and two passengers died at the scene. He ran toward the flames and helped break the windows.

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