A twin-engine Cessna crashed in a residential neighborhood close to San Diego on Monday afternoon, killing at the very least two folks and setting a number of homes on hearth, authorities mentioned.
One of many victims was a UPS driver. The pilot, a heart specialist from Arizona, died as properly.
Dr. Sugata Das additionally owned the aircraft that crashed shortly after midday on a residential nook in Santee, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Yuma Regional Medical Middle mentioned.
“As an excellent heart specialist and devoted household man, Dr. Das leaves a long-lasting legacy,” the hospital mentioned in an announcement.
UPS didn’t determine the driving force, however mentioned in an announcement that the corporate was “heartbroken by the lack of our worker, and lengthen our deepest condolences to his household and buddies.”
Photographs from the scene confirmed a mangled UPS truck that was reportedly clipped by the plane’s wing because it got here down, based on NBC San Diego.
Santee Deputy Hearth Chief Justin Matsushita mentioned that two properties have been decimated within the crash and a number of autos caught hearth. The particles subject stretched greater than a block, he mentioned, and energy was lower to 10 properties whereas first responders combed by means of the wreckage.
Two folks have been injured and brought to native hospitals, Matsushita mentioned. Video broadcast by NBC San Diego confirmed a neighbor coming into a house engulfed in flames in an obvious effort to save lots of a girl who was trapped inside.
NBC San Diego reported that the aircraft was returning to Yuma on the time of the crash. Extra particulars about who was on board weren’t instantly obtainable, although Matsushita mentioned “that the accidents are non-survivable for anybody that was on that aircraft.”
“To not be too graphic, but it surely’s a fairly brutal scene for our guys and we’re attempting to comb by means of it,” Matsushita added.
In accordance with data from the Federal Aviation Administration, Das was a licensed industrial pilot. He obtained the certification in 2014.
The craft got here down inside blocks of Santana Excessive Faculty, however nobody there was injured, the college mentioned.
A person who rushed to the neighborhood mentioned he discovered the gutted house the place his mom and stepfather reside.
“It’s a battle zone, it’s not even a home. All the pieces they personal there” was destroyed, the person informed NBC San Diego.
Andrew Blankstein contributed.