Posted by on February 28, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

(BANT) – A man, woman and teenage girl were killed on Monday afternoon when a small plane bound for Mineta San Jose International Airport crashed into a home in Riverside, according to Riverside fire officials.

The plane’s other two occupants, two women between their mid 30s and early 40s, remain in critical condition at separate hospitals, Fire Capt. Tyler Reynolds said at a news conference in Riverside this morning.

The crash was reported at 4:40 p.m. Monday at Central and Streeter avenues, 2 miles east of Riverside Municipal Airport, Fire Chief Michael Moore said Monday.

The Cessna 310 crashed into the right-side corner of a house, starting a fire that then spread to the house next door, Reynolds said.

The three people killed were pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters responded within three minutes, Moore said. About 60 firefighters responded.

One of the two survivors was ejected from the plane as it broke apart in the crash. She was found in a bedroom at the house and firefighters pulled her out through a window, Reynolds said.

The woman who was pulled through the window had suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of her body, according to Reynolds. She underwent surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino on Monday evening, Moore said.

The other survivor was found on the front lawn near the wreckage and may have also been ejected in the crash. Neighbors helped firefighters to pull her across the street, away from the burning homes, Reynolds said.

The woman found on the lawn is being treated at Riverside Community Hospital for possible airway burns. She told firefighters at the scene that the plane’s five passengers had been heading home to San Jose
after a cheerleading competition at Disneyland, Moore said.

The United Spirit Association held its USA Jr. Nationals competition at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure this weekend, according to the association’s website.

None of the residents of the homes affected were occupied other than one man who immediately evacuated, Reynolds said.

Two houses have been red-tagged and two others have smoke damage and minor damage to the exterior. Power had gone out in the area because of the crash but was restored Monday night to all but the four affected homes.

Of the 14 people displaced by the damage, nine are receiving housing assistance from the American Red Cross and five are staying with family members, Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous said.

National Transportation Safety Board officials will hold a news conference about the crash at 3 p.m. today at Riverside Municipal Airport.