A plane reportedly exploded in midair Sunday and crashed into a house killing five and injuring three.
The only passenger on board, the pilot, and two men and two women lost their lives from the crash. The four people inside of the home, which caught on fire, have not yet been identified. The small Cessna 414A departed from Fullerton Municipal Airport and is only a dozen miles away from the crash site, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.
Joshua Nelson told the newspaper he was just about to take a nap when he heard a loud noise. He got out of bed, ran to the front door and saw black smoke.
“I would never expect anything like this to happen here,” he said, adding that he began to record a video of the scene before he realized what had happened.
Another neighbor told the Los Angeles Times that “it felt like a bomb went off through the front of the house.” Nancy Mehl felt “spared” because her house only suffered damages with a piece of the plane’s engine that flew through two rooms and landed in her bathroom. Parts of the exhaust pipe crashed through a window and melted into the carpet.
“One of the first things I did when I saw the damage was get on my knees and thank God,” added Mehl. “Talk about being spared.”
“It was a boom. It sounded like something exploded. It shook our house,” John Wolbert, a who lives a block away from the crash, said.
An assistant chief with the Orange County Fire Authority, Pokey Sanchez, said the wounded were taken to a hospital to treat burn injuries. A firefighter was treated for a minor injury, per TIME.
Watch the video to see the scene of the crash: