The crash is thought to have happened when the aircraft, a Learjet 35, hit a power line and smashed onto a road in San Diego, California, leaving four dead, according to reports
A plane that dramatically exploded into flames after crashing into a busy residential neighbourhood left everyone on board dead, according to reports.
The crash is thought to have happened when the aircraft, a Learjet 35, hit a power line and smashed onto a road in San Diego, California.
It happened just moments after a pilot was reportedly heard frantically yelling, ‘Oh, s***! Oh, s***!’ on air traffic control audio.
Reports also suggest that there are no survivors aboard the 10-seater aircraft, in which there were four people aboard. There is no news yet on the identities of those on board.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was carrying the four people, who had taken off from Orange County on a business trip.
“There is very little left of the aircraft,” said Fire Chief Don Butz of the Lakeside Fire Protection District, briefing reporters under rainy skies. “We weren’t able to find any survivors.”
Images on social media appear to show the lights of the plane in the night sky as it falls to the ground and violently explodes.
Other footage shows a large ball of flames on the ground as fire crews tackled it.
The crash was reported around 7.15pm local time (3.15am GMT) in Pepper Drive and Second Street in El Cajon.
The plane is registered to Med Jet LLC of El Cajon, an air ambulance company, according to FlightAware.com.
A resident told NBC7: “We were outside and basically, we heard the plane getting closer.
“Normally they get loud because we live right by the airport, but it got really, really loud and all of the sudden, we think it could’ve hit our power lines above our house, but we just saw bright blue and orange flashing lights and we heard the electricity running.
“And then after that, we heard the plane actually crash. We ran out immediately and there was a tonne of smoke everywhere. All we saw was fire and smoke.”
The crash threw debris across Pepper Drive, but didn’t damage any homes.
Journalist Adonis Albright tweeted: “Officials say they couldn’t find any survivors in the small jet crash. They still don’t know how many people were onboard.”
One vehicle was damaged by some debris.
The plane crashed close to a home and hazmat as well as fire crews are currently at the scene to assess the situation.
Another resident told NBC 7 he heard a plane flying too low.
“I heard the pops and I just knew at that point, and I was worried if it hit any houses,” he said.
“I went outside with a couple of neighbours just to see, and all I could see were flames in front of houses, up at the top of the street.”
Several power lines were downed in the area, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, leaving 2,500 customers without power.
The areas of Lakeside, Bostonia and Granite Hills have all been experiencing outages.
San Diego’s sheriff department requested residents and commuters to avoid taking the route near the plane crash.
They said the fire was brought under control shortly before midnight local time.