5 dead after small plane crashes in Orange County neighborhood

YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Five people are dead after a small aircraft crashed into the backyard of a home near Anaheim Sunday, authorities said.

The Cessna 414A had just departed the Fullerton Municipal Airport when the incident happened under unknown circumstances, Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration, KTLA reported. 

The pilot of the plane, as well as four people on the ground, died as a result of the crash, authorities said. A firefighter was also treated for minor injuries.

Firefighters arrived to find one home engulfed in flames, according the the Orange County Fire Authority. The flames soon spread to a second home, KTLA reported. 

Flaming wreckage from the plane was found throughout the neighborhood. The aircraft’s fuselage came to rest in a residential backyard. In one video, a man could be seen using a garden hose to extinguish a flaming piece of wing in the street.

A video posted to Twitter around 2 p.m. showed what appeared to be burning plane parts on a residential street.

Firefighters planned to sift through the badly burned two-story house in case there are additional victims of the Sunday afternoon crash, Pokey Sanchez, an assistant chief with the Orange County Fire Department said.

FAA records show Oregon-based KL Management LLC applied for the registration of the fixed-wing, multi-engine plane. The registration was pending.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

No other information was immediately available.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

Read KTLA’s coverage here. 

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