The Latest: Investigators study California plane crash site

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a small airplane in a Southern California neighborhood (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Investigators are examining wreckage and damaged homes in a Southern California neighborhood where a small plane crashed after breaking up in flight, killing the pilot and four people on the ground.

The twin-engine Cessna 414A was seen coming apart Sunday afternoon over the Los Angeles suburb of Yorba Linda and falling in pieces to the ground, torching a home where four of the victims were killed.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says victims’ identities are not yet available Monday morning.

The National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled a 2 p.m. briefing about the crash.


7:05 a.m.

Officials say a small plane apparently broke apart over a suburban Southern California neighborhood and that four people in a house were killed after debris fell from the sky and the house burned. The pilot of the twin-engine plane also died.

Debris also fell elsewhere in the neighborhood in the city of Yorba Linda Sunday afternoon. The cause of the plane’s problem is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Cory Martino told reporters the occupants of the house were two males and two females, without providing additional information about them.

The FAA says the 414A Cessna took off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport about 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of the neighborhood.

The house was hit by the plane’s main cabin and one its engines.

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