5 Dead after Small Plane Crashes into Southern California Neighborhood

(KTLA) — Five people died after a small plane crashed into a neighborhood in Yorba Linda on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The twin-engine Cessna 414A had just departed the Fullerton Municipal Airport when the incident happened under unknown circumstances, Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration told FOX40 sister station KTLA.

The pilot of the plane and four people on the ground died as a result of the crash, authorities said. A firefighter was also treated for minor injuries.

Witnesses told KTLA the aircraft appeared to catch fire and disintegrate mid-air before wreckage rained down on the neighborhood at Crestknoll and Glendale drives, setting two homes on fire.

“The plane blew up about 100 feet off of the ground. The plane blew up in the sky,” neighbor Jared Bocachica said.

“I come out … it’s raining plane parts from the sky,” he said. “The plane didn’t hit and scatter, it blew up and hit the house.”

Witness video footage shows the plane emanating flames as it tumbled toward the ground.

Firefighters arrived to find one home engulfed in flames, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The flames soon spread to a second home.

Flaming wreckage could be seen strewn throughout the neighborhood. The aircraft’s fuselage came to rest in a residential backyard. A man could be seen in video footage using a garden hose to extinguish a flaming piece of wing in the street.

Pokey Sanchez, an assistant chief with the Orange County Fire Department, said firefighters planned to sift through the badly burned two-story house in case there are additional victims of the Sunday afternoon crash.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the crash, Kenitzer said.

FAA records show Oregon-based KL Management LLC applied for the registration of the fixed-wing, multi-engine plane. The registration was pending.

Pokey Sanchez, an assistant chief with the Orange County Fire Department, said firefighters planned to sift through the badly burned two-story house in case there are additional victims of the Sunday afternoon crash.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the crash, Kenitzer said.

FAA records show Oregon-based KL Management LLC applied for the registration of the fixed-wing, multi-engine plane. The registration was pending.

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