Plane crashes in residential neighborhood northeast of San Diego, setting houses on fire


A twin-engine Cessna crashed in a residential neighborhood near San Diego on Monday afternoon, setting multiple houses on fire, authorities said.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Departmentasked locals to steer clear of the 9900 block of North Magnolia Avenue in the city of Santee, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.


The C340 crashed at 12:14 p.m. PDT, the FAA said.

It craft came down within blocks of Santana High School, but no one there was injured, the school said.

The Santee Fire Department said multiple “crews are working an aircraft crash in the area” just east of campus.

The crash scene is about four miles north of Gillespie Field, small county-owned airport in El Cajon, and 16 miles east of Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego.


The plane also appeared to strike and destroy a UPS truck parked in the neighborhood.

A man rushed to the neighborhood to find the gutted home where his mother and stepfather live.

“It’s a war zone, it’s not even a house. Everything they own there” was destroyed, the man told NBC San Diego.

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