A UPS driver is among the at least two people killed after a Cessna plane smashed into a neighborhood erupting in a fireball in Southern California on Monday.
Deputy fire chief Justin Matsushita confirmed there have been “multiple confirmed fatalities” from the crash, which happened near Santana High School in Santee.
Footage from the scene shows a badly burned UPS truck, and the company later confirmed that one of their employees died as a result of the incident, CNN reported.
The statement said: “We are heartbroken by the loss of our employee, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
“We also send our condolences for the other individuals who are involved in this incident, and their families and friends.”
Emergency responders are still working to determine the exact number of casualties and the extent of the damage to the homes.
“Not to be too graphic, but it’s a pretty brutal scene for our guys, and we’re trying to comb through it,” said deputy chief Matsushita.
It’s unclear how many people were aboard the twin-engine plane, but Matsushita said authorities “believe that the injuries are not survivable for anyone that was on board.”
The brunt of the plane’s impact was mostly taken by two houses but at least two others were also damaged.
Power was reportedly cut off for around ten homes in the neighborhood as investigators continue working the area.
An audio of the pilot’s last call with air control obtained by KUSI News revealed the plane plunged several times before the crash.
Air traffic control is heard instructing the pilot to “climb immediately” just moments before the plane went down.
Authorities rushed to the scene where the plane crashed into at least two homes at 12.30pm PT.
Firefighters were on the scene hosing down buildings where the plane crashed after huge plumes of black smoke were seen billowing into the sky.
It is unclear how many people were killed or injured in total.
It is also unclear if anyone was inside of the homes at the time of the crash.
All students were safe, the school confirmed.
Police are now asking Santee residents to avoid the area due to the crash adding that it is a “developing situation.”
They confirmed that cops were at the scene alongside the fire department and “other first responders.”
The plane was traveling to Yuma, Arizona, from Montgomery Field in San Diego, NBC San Diego reports.
It reportedly had some sort of issues and was attempting to land at Gillespie Field near the high school.
Resident Lili Patch told NBC San Diego that it sounded like the plane engine had a “putter.”
“You could hear the engine… Brinkwire Brief News.