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Pilot, UPS driver killed after small plane crashes in Santee

Publish Date: 2021/10/12

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — Two people died Monday afternoon after a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Santee, according to CBS8.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said a twin engine Cessna plane crash-landed over two homes near Jeremy Street and Greencastle Street at approximately 12:00 p.m.

Authorities also initially reported a delivery truck, along with a fire hydrant, had been impacted. A deputy fire chief later confirmed a UPS driver had died as a result of the incident.

The pilot and owner of the downed plane was also pronounced deceased in the crash.

Two people in one of the two destroyed homes were transported to UCSD Medical Center with burn injuries. The severity of their condition has not been disclosed.

No other injuries have been reported.

The residents of the other home were not home at the time of the crash, but lost all of their personal belongings.

Authorities said a total of 12 homes were impacted by debris from the wrecked plane.

An early investigation into the pilot’s last audio communications with the air traffic controller shows the pilot may have been disoriented moments before the accident.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is currently reaching out to the public for any videos or photos of the crash to help facilitate an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA.

An on-scene investigation was expected to be underway Tuesday.


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