Island News Hawaii : October 11, 2021; 12:14 GMT/UTC
Plane Crash Decapitates UPS Driver Near San Diego
PLANE CRASH – A twin-engine Cessna like pictured crashed in a residential neighborhood near San Diego on Monday afternoon, killing at least two people including a decapitated UPS Driver then setting multiple houses on fire, authorities said.
UPS Driver Decapitated in Plane Crash
One of the victims was a UPS driver. The pilot, a cardiologist from Arizona, died as well.
Dr. Sugata Das also owned the plane that decapitated the UPS Driver crashed shortly after noon on a residential corner in Santee, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Yuma Regional Medical Center said.
“As an outstanding cardiologist and dedicated family man, Dr. Das leaves a lasting legacy,” the hospital said in a statement.
Plane Crash Decapitates UPS Driver
UPS did not identify the driver, but said in a statement that the company was “heartbroken by the loss of our employee, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
Images from the scene showed a mangled UPS truck driver that was reportedly clipped and decapitates by the aircraft’s wing as it came down, according to NBC San Diego.
Santee Deputy Fire Chief Justin Matsushita said that two homes were decimated in the crash and multiple vehicles caught fire. The debris field stretched more than a block, he said, and power was cut to 10 homes while first responders combed through the wreckage.
Two seniors were injured and taken to local hospitals, Matsushita said. Video broadcast by NBC showed a neighbor entering a home engulfed in flames in an apparent effort to save a woman who was trapped inside.
NBC reported that the plane Plane Crash Decapitated the UPS Driver Near San Diego it was returning to Yuma at the time of the crash.
Additional details about who was on board weren’t immediately available, though Matsushita said “that the injuries are non-survivable for anyone that was on that plane.”
“Not to be too graphic, but the decapitated UPS Driver was pretty brutal scene for our guys and we’re trying to comb through it,” Matsushita added.
According to records from the Federal Aviation Administration, the owner was a certified commercial pilot. He obtained the certification in 2014.
The craft came down within blocks of Santana High School, but no one there was decapitated, the school said.
Plane Crash Decapitates UPS Driver
The UPS Driver decapitated in a crash scene is about four miles north of Gillespie Field, small county-owned airport in El Cajon, and 16 miles east of Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport.
A man who rushed to the neighborhood said he found the gutted home where his mother and stepfather live.
“It’s a war zone, it’s not even a house. Everything they own there” was destroyed, the man told NBC San Diego.
A plane crashed near a high school in suburban California Monday afternoon, destroying two homes and killing at least two people.
Fire officials from Santee, a city located in California, said two people were taken from the scene after the plane crashed at around 12:15 PM as officials quickly began diverting traffic, FOX5 reported. Authorities reportedly said that the two people were killed, one decapitated as a result of the crash. Helicopter footage showed fire crews removing the decapitated UPS Driver and putting out fires in the two homes, also destroyed during the incident.
Officials from Santana High School, located approximately 2 to 3 blocks from the scene, tweeted that all students remained “secure.”
The Sheriff’s Office said to avoid the area as first responders were assisting with the wreckage of the crash.
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