A plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in San Diego, California. The Learjet 35 exploded into flames after hitting a power line.
Images from the unfortunate event reveal the aircraft flying in the night sky before unexpectedly hitting the ground. Recordings of the crash show the plane engulfed in flames lying on the ground while firemen work to remedy the situation.
The devastating disaster took place around 7:15 pm local time (3:15 am GMT) on Pepper Drive and Second Street in El Cajon. At this time, officials have yet to confirm any resulting injuries and how many people were on board the plane.
Chief Don Butz from the Lakeside Fire Protection District indicated there are no fatalities or injuries that occurred on the ground.
One 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,” she continued. “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 ton of smoke everywhere. All we saw was fire and smoke.”
Luckily, the wreck didn’t damage any homes in the area. Although it did scatter debris across Pepper Drive.
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 on board.”
The plane crashed close to home and hazmat as well as fire crews are currently at the scene to assess the situation. Another resident told NBC 7, “I heard the pops and I just knew at that point, and I was worried if it hit any houses. I went outside with a couple of neighbors just to see, and all I could see were flames in front of houses, up at the top of the street.”
Residents lose power due to crash
CBS News 8 reported more than 2,800 customers lost power due to the San Diego crash. Many lines were down affecting areas including Lakeside, Bostonia, and Granite Hills.
The local police department asked residents and visitors to steer clear of the road impacted by the crash. Firemen were successful in getting the fire under control just before midnight.
The San Diego Watch Commander took to Twitter saying, “If you live in the area of El Cajon, Lakeside and Santee please avoid the area near Pepper Drive from Mollison Avenue east to Pepper Hill Drive. “This is a developing situation. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.”