5 dead, 2 hospitalized in Southern California plane crash


Five people were killed when a small plane crashed into a house on Sunday outside of Los Angeles, authorities said.

The accident occurred in Yorba Linda, the Orange County Fire Authority said on Twitter.

Only one building was involved in the crash, firefighters said. Photos tweeted by the fire department showed a badly damaged house in a residential neighborhood.

The deceased were the pilot, who was the only one aboard the twin-engine plane, and four people – two men and two women – at the Yorba Linda house that burned down, explained Orange County Police Chief Lt. Cory Martino.

The Cessna 414A aircraft had just left the nearby Fullerton Municipal Airport before the accident, according to Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, he said.

“It was an explosion, it sounded like something had exploded, it shook our house,” said John Wolbart, who lives a block away. He said he ran into the burning house and saw a woman come out with singed hair.

Clint Langford, who lives about a half a mile away said he was in his room when he heard a thud.

He said he looked out the front door and saw parts of the plane falling from the sky in the distance.

“It was a disturbing and low sound that something rumbles, that is getting lower and louder and louder.” It was terrifying, he said. “And then, suddenly, an explosion, it shook the house.”

Yorba Linda is located about 53 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles.

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