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Small plane crashes in Calif. neighborhood

Authorities said at least four people are badly injured after a twin-engine plane crashed in a neighborhood near Los Angeles.
SoCal Plane Crash
Utility crews shut off the natural gas to a home where a plane crashed in Compton, Calif., on Saturday.Dan Steinberg / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

A twin-engine plane crashed into two homes Saturday outside Los Angeles, injuring the two people on board and three on the ground, authorities said.

The Cessna 310 went down just before 4 p.m. near the Compton/Woodley Airport, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The plane's fuselage crashed through one roof, and its left wing lodged in a second home.

The plane was carrying two men, and both were hospitalized in critical condition, Gregor said.

In one house, a woman was critically injured and a man suffered less serious injuries, Gregor said. In the other home, a woman complained of chest pains.

The crash did not cause a fire, according to Downey fire Capt. Lonnie Kroom.

Kenneth Wyatt said he was watching TV when he heard an enormous thud that "shook my house." Running outside, he first noticed debris and smoke. Then he saw what had happened.

"An airplane had come through the roof of my neighbor's home," Wyatt, 48, said.

The flight originated at Montgomery Field in San Diego and was heading for Hawthorne Municipal Airport, about 10 miles away.

The Cessna is owned by Eureka International of Carson City, Nev., Gregor said.

Hawthorne Airport has an air traffic control tower, but it wasn't clear whether the pilot was in contact with controllers.

Federal investigators are investigating the crash.