RIVERSIDE – A small plane occupied by five passengers from San Jose, CA crashed into a residential neighborhood in the city of Riverside Monday evening. The five occupants were heading home after attending a cheer competition at Disneyland in Anaheim, authorities said.
The plane carrying a husband, wife, and three other passengers crashed into the 6000 block of Rhonda Road, near Dewey Avenue at about 4:40 p.m.
A woman aboard the plane survived after she was thrown from the wreckage when the plane split apart on impact. The woman was transported to Riverside Community Hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.
Late reports Monday night are confirming a second woman in her late 30 to early 40’s from the plane also survived the wreckage. The woman was transported to Arrowhead Regional Burn Center and is listed as being in critical condition.
Authorities have also confirmed they pulled three bodies from the wreckage, all three are believed to be occupants of the plane.
During a Monday night press conference Riverside City Fire Department Chief Moore, confirmed all five victims were from the aircraft. No residents from the homes where the plane crashed were involved. “We have confirmed we have 3 deceased on scene,” stated Moore.
The plane left Riverside Municipal Airport and was destined for San Jose Airport. For reasons still unknown, moments after take-off surveillance footage shows the plane rapidly descending followed by a large explosion. The plane crashed into a single story residence immediately overtaking the home with fire. The fire rapidly spread to several of the of the surrounding homes. As many as 40 homes in the area have been evacuated.
Firefighters are actively still searching the wreckage for possible additional possible victims.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently handling the investigation.
The identities of the deceased have not been released.