At least four people died and two others were injured after a small airplane, a Cessna 310, crashed into two houses in Riverside, California, on Monday night. The small aircraft, which had been bound for San Jose, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), crashed shortly after taking off from Riverside Municipal Airport.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Lt. Charles Payne of the Riverside Police Department said that the Cessna 310 “crashed near Central and Streeter avenues about 4:40 p.m.” The pilot and five passengers were on the plane, a man and his wife, along with their three teenage children who were returning home to San Jose after a cheerleading competition in Anaheim that was held at Disneyland.
One of the fatalities, according to the Los Angeles Times, was believed to be a resident of a Rhonda Avenue home. Michael Moore, chief of the Riverside Fire Department, said officials are uncertain if the remaining fatalities were passengers on board the aircraft or on the ground.
Moore said upon impact, one of the teenagers was thrown from the plane. She sustained only minor injuries. Firefighters are still searching for live victims.
Fox 11 reported that Riverside Police Lt. Charles Payne said the pilot was removed from the crash. Two other victims were pulled from one of the houses that caught fire when the plane hit them, according to Riverside fire Capt. Tyler Reynolds. A woman was seen by three witnesses, crawling out of one of the homes, and her clothes on fire.
Three bodies were found in the wreckage, according to the Washington Post. Firefighters are not sure yet “exactly how many were from the plane and how many from the homes.” They are searching for other possible victims in the wreckage.
Video taken from a news helicopter showed at least one home that was on fire. It also showed what appeared to be someone being loaded onto a stretcher and taken away from the home.
Almost two hours after the plane crashed into the houses in Riverside, California, firefighters were still extinguishing hotspots. Authorities evacuated approximately 30 residents who were transported to a nearby community center. Authorities are still trying to determine how many of the victims were on board the plane and how many were in the houses the Cessna crashed into.
By John Samuels
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