At least two people were killed Saturday after a small plane crashed into a home near San Diego.
Law enforcement officials said that the plane crashed at around 4:40 p.m. in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego. The cause of the crash hasn’t yet been discovered, but a video shows it falling from the sky and toward the home on the 6000 block of Chandler Street near Abernathy Avenue. The crash caused the home, which is nearby an elementary school, to ignite in massive flames.
The San Diego Union Tribune reported that there were four people on the single-engine plane and the pilot and passenger were transported to a hospital with burn injuries. Two passengers on the plane died from the crash.
Neighbors told the newspaper that a family with an infant were renting the home, and they weren’t home at the time. Their dog died from the crash, neighbors said.
A video taken by a witness shows the tragic scene as the plane plummeted toward the ground. The plane eventually moves out of sight as it reaches the home, and the video cuts to the chaotic scene at the home it crashed into.
Watch the video below:
Officials said that the plane was a six-seat Beech B36 Bonanza, and it took off from nearby Montgomery Field. The pilot radioed an emergency and said that he was going to try to land back at the airport.
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. When he looked to see what it was, he saw the flames and smoke rising from a home nearby. He told the news outlet that he and others broke the windows of the home and screamed to see if there was anyone inside, but nobody answered. Thick, black smoke prevented King and the others from taking further action, he told the news outlet.
Another neighbor, Abe Bejjani, told The Tribune that he was watching TV when he heard an explosion he thought was a propane tank blowing up.
“All of a sudden, I see a big fire coming toward my house,” Bejjani told the newspaper.
The huge cloud of smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away.
Stunning photos taken by neighbors flooded social media and showed firefighters tending to the blaze. It was fully extinguished around 5 p.m. local time.
The FAA and National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating what caused the plane to crash, officials said.