How many people died in the plane disaster in Santee, California?
A plane crashed near a high school in Santee, California, on October 11, 2021.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a twin-engine Cessna crashed into the neighborhood at 12:14 p.m. on Monday.
A small plane crashed and burst into flames just east of Santana High School, according to reports.
The accident happened at the corner of North Magnolia Avenue and 2nd Street.
The jet had taken off from Yuma, Arizona, but the pilot had an emergency and had to make an emergency landing.
When emergency personnel arrived, multiple automobiles were on fire, according to officials. According to CNN, debris was thrown across a residential block, and power was switched off in the area for roughly ten homes to examine the damage.
The Red Cross has set up a shelter for those who have been affected in the region.
At least two people perished on Monday afternoon, according to officials.
“We definitely have many confirmed fatalities,” said Justin Matsushita, Deputy Fire Chief for the city of Santee. “We don’t know exactly how many.”
Sugata Das, a cardiologist who flew between San Diego and Yuma on a regular basis, has been identified as the pilot.
“We are profoundly saddened to hear news of a plane owned by local cardiologist Dr. Sugata Das that crashed near Santee,” said Bharat Magu, chief medical officer at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
“Dr. Das leaves a long legacy as an exceptional cardiologist and devoted family guy. During this sad moment, we send our condolences and support to his family, colleagues, and friends.” According to a UPS statement, an employee was also murdered.
“We are grieved by our employee’s death and send our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends,” UPS said.
“We also extend our condolences to the other victims of this catastrophe, as well as their families and friends.”
Emergency crews are on the scene looking for further injuries and assessing the damage.
“Not to be too descriptive,” Matsushita added, “but it’s a really horrible scene for our troops, and we’re trying to comb through it.”
Although the exact number of passengers on board is unknown, Matsushita stated that “the injuries are not survivable for anyone on board.”
All of Santana High School’s pupils are safe, according to a tweet from the school, and the accident occurred just a few blocks away.
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