Plane crashes near school – nearby homes are destroyed

An aircraft crashed in California near the grounds of a San Diego area high school on Monday afternoon, destroying two nearby homes and damaging a third.

At least two people were rushed to hospital with injuries, according to . The extent of their injuries is not clear, though local reports indicate they suffered burns.

It is also unclear if those injured were in the plane or on the ground at the time of the crash.

Santee Fire Chief John Garlow said one home was ‘well involved’ by flames, and a second home also caught fire, Garlow said.

A box truck, possibly a package delivery vehicle, also burned, he said.

Garlow said initial reports were that the plane was a twin-engine aircraft. He didn’t know where the flight originated or where the plane was headed.

The injured were evacuated from the scene by Santee Fire Department personnel near Jeremy and Greencastle Street in Santee, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.

Witnesses posted images on social media showing plumes of smoke rising above Santana High School in Santee.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said that the crash took place on the 9900 block of North Magnolia Avenue. The school’s address is 9915 North Magnolia Avenue.

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