5 killed when small plane crashes into home

Five people were killed when a small plane crashed into a Southern California home on Sunday, officials said.

A two-story house in Yorba Linda caught fire when a large piece of the plane crashed into the roof and burst into flames, killing the pilot as well as four people who were in the house at the time. The pilot was the only person in the plane, officials said.

The Cessna 414A crashed about 12 miles away from where it took off at the Fullerton Municipal Airport, officials said.

PHOTO: Firefighters work the scene of a deadly plane crash in the residential neighborhood of Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019.Alex Gallardo/AP
Firefighters work the scene of a deadly plane crash in the residential neighborhood of Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019.
PHOTO: A man puts out fire on a piece of debris from a plane that crashed into a house in a residential neighborhood in Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019.Joshua Nelson/via Reuters
A man puts out fire on a piece of debris from a plane that crashed into a house in a residential neighborhood in Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019.

Two other people were taken to a hospital with moderate unspecified injuries, officials said.

Residents in the area began to panic around 2 p.m., when the small plane appeared to break apart midair, scattering debris across the neighborhood, authorities said.

“It sounded like something exploded. It shook our house,” Yorba Linda resident John Wolbart told The Associated Press.

Yorba Linda is located about 36 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

PHOTO: Firefighters respond to the scene of a plane crash at a home in Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019. A twin-engine Cessna 414A crashed in Yorba Linda shortly after taking off from the nearby Fullerton Municipal Airport. Alex Gallardo/AP
Firefighters respond to the scene of a plane crash at a home in Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019. A twin-engine Cessna 414A crashed in Yorba Linda shortly after taking off from the nearby Fullerton Municipal Airport.
PHOTO: Firefighters respond to the scene of a plane crash at a home in Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019. A twin-engine Cessna 414A crashed in Yorba Linda shortly after taking off from the nearby Fullerton Municipal Airport. Alex Gallardo/AP
Firefighters respond to the scene of a plane crash at a home in Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019. A twin-engine Cessna 414A crashed in Yorba Linda shortly after taking off from the nearby Fullerton Municipal Airport.

Clint Langford, a neighbor, recalled hearing a low rumbling sound that got louder and louder right before the crash.

“It was scary,” Langford told the AP. “And then all of a sudden — boom. It shook the house.”

PHOTO: People look as smoke billows after a plane crashed into a house in a residential neighborhood in Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019.Joshua Nelson/via Reuters
People look as smoke billows after a plane crashed into a house in a residential neighborhood in Yorba Linda, Calif., Feb. 3, 2019.

Authorities have not identified the victims but did say the pilot was male and the victims in the house were two males and two females.

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