At least two people were killed, two others were injured and multiple homes were set ablaze when a small plane crashed Monday in a residential neighborhood in Santee.
twin-engine Cessna 340A crashed into two homes at the corner of Jeremy and Greencastle streets, city officials confirmed. The plane also struck a delivery truck and a fire hydrant.
Not to be too graphic
but it’s a pretty brutal scene for our guys, and we’re trying to comb through it.”
UPS confirmed an employee was killed in the plane crash.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of our employee, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” a statement from the company said.
Aerial footage from local news stations and photos from the scene showed two destroyed homes and a gutted UPS truck nearby. Additional homes and vehicles were also damaged, Matsushita said.
The plane went down near the campus of Santana High School. Officials at the school said that all students were “secure” following the crash. The school was initially placed in a “secure campus” mode. Students and staff remained on campus until classes were dismissed.
Power was turned off in the immediate neighborhood, where debris spanned roughly one block, city officials said.
A temporary evacuation point was established at the Cameron Family YMCA at 10123 Riverwalk Drive.
Jeremy Street and North Magnolia Avenue were both closed between 2nd Street and Mast Boulevard, according to the sheriff’s department. Authorities advised people to avoid the area.
Large plumes of black smoke was visible in the area after the crash.
The County of San Diego activated its Office of Emergency Services following the plane crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the crash.