Feb 17, 2010 12:47 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

3 dead after small plane hits home in California

A small plane crashed into at least one home Wednesday after taking off in dense fog, officials said. At least three people were killed and two homes caught fire.

The twin-engine Cessna 310 departed from Palo Alto Airport for Hawthorne in Southern Claifornia when it went down. Witnesses said it may have struck a transmission line.

The airplane crashed into a house in a residential area one mile northeast of the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Three people were killed - all apparently aboard the plane, Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.

The house that was struck and another home was on fire, witnesses said. There were unconfirmed reports that the home that was struck also doubled as a day care center.

One of the plane's wings sheared off and struck a home or structure. The fuselage came off and landed on multiple cars, which also caught fire, fire officials said.

"It hit some power lines next to my house," said Art Jonas, who lives in the neighborhood. He was evacuating his house and couldn't talk further.

Widespread power outsages were reported in East Palo Alto and the surrounding area.

According to federal records, the plane was built in 1976 and registered to Air Unique Inc. based in Santa Clara.




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