“We have many confirmed deaths, we don’t know exactly how many,” Justin Matsushita, deputy fire chief for the city of Senti, told reporters. “We know at least two have been confirmed.”
According to a statement from UPS, one employee died.
“We are saddened by the loss of our employee and extend our deepest condolences to their family and friends,” UPS said. “We also send our condolences to the other individuals involved in this incident and their families and friends.”
Video recorded by OnScene.TV shows a badly burned UPS truck.
Matsushita said emergency responders are looking for casualties as they determine the extent of damage to homes.
“Not to be too graphic, but it’s a very brutal scene for our people, and that’s what we’re trying to deal with,” he said.
Two homes in a San Diego County neighborhood took the brunt of the plane’s impact, and two or three more were damaged. The scene was still smoldering hours after the accident.
It is not clear how many people were on board the Cessna 340A. “We believe the injuries may not have been survivable for anyone on board the plane,” Matsushita said.
When emergency teams reached the spot, several vehicles caught fire, officials said. Debris is scattered across a residential block, and power has been cut off for about 10 homes in the area as investigators evaluate the damage.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed at around 12:14 p.m. PT.
The San Diego County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident, which occurred near a high school. Santana High School tweeted that all students were safe and the incident happened a short distance away.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents to stay away from the area.
The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter for residents of the displaced’s neighborhood.
The FAA said it would release the plane’s tail number after investigators verified it at the crash site.
“The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and provide additional updates. No agency identifies the people involved in the plane crashes.”
Santi is about 20 miles east of San Diego.
This is a developing story and will be updated.