5 people killed, 3 injured after plane crashes into house in California

A propeller and debris in the driveway of a home

A propeller and debris in the driveway of a home

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said that the Cessna 414A took off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport, which is just a dozen miles away from where it crashed.

Anaheim firefighters and deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department helped respond to the fires. "It felt like an natural disaster and then my husband said, 'No, it's a plane, '" said one neighbor in video posted on social media. "And then all of a sudden boom".

"I come out... it's raining plane parts from the sky", Jared Bocachica told the affiliate station. But the man, who was preparing food outside for his own Super Bowl party, said he couldn't get inside of the fiery house to help because the smoke was too thick.

The twin-engine Cessna 414A crashed about 10 minutes after takeoff from a local airport, scattering debris over four blocks in the town and setting fire to a house, the Los Angeles Times reported. The property where the fuselage ended up is about three houses down from the home that burned.

Local residents described a shrill whistling sound before an explosion set the two-storey home on fire at 13:45 (21:45 GMT) on Sunday. Other photos show a nearby home damaged from debris with a propeller in its front yard.

The National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

The wreckage will be transported to Phoenix, Arizona, for a forensic examination, Simpson said.

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