Plane crashes near San Diego area high school as witnesses report large plumes of smoke

BREAKING NEWS: Plane crashes near San Diego area high school as witnesses report large plumes of smoke and a nearby house catches fire

  • Two people were rushed to hospital after plane crash in Santee, California 
  • Emergency crews received reports of crash at around 12:15pm local time 
  • Aircraft crashed ‘2 or 3 blocks away’ from Santana High School 
  • The school’s official Twitter account announced that its campus was ‘secure’  
  • At least one building is said to have been destroyed by fire caused by crash 

An aircraft crashed in California near the grounds of a San Diego area high school on Monday afternoon.

At least two people were rushed to hospital with injuries, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

The injured were evacuated from the scene by Santee Fire Department personnel near Jeremy and Greencastle Street in Santee. 

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. 

The school, which is part of Grossmont Union High School District, also is just north of the airport at Gillespie Field.

Its official Twitter account reported that its students were ‘secure’ following the crash, which took place about ‘2 or 3 blocks away.’ 

At least one building was completely destroyed by fire caused by the crash, according to NBC 7 TV. Several nearby structures appear to have suffered severe damage as a result of the fire. 

The sheriff’s department is asking locals to avoid the area so that first responders can secure the scene. 

There are unconfirmed accounts circulating on social media indicating that the aircraft crashed into a UPS truck parked just east of the school’s football field, causing explosions and fires.

One home in a nearby residential area is reported to have caught fire as a result. 

Initial reports of a crash came in to authorities at around 12:15pm local time. 


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