A small plane crashes into the side of a building in Southern California killing one and injuring three, as footage shows it plummeted face down in the parking lot.
- The four people were traveling in a single-engine Cessna 172 when it crashed on its return to French Valley Airport in Murrieta, California.
- Shortly after the crash, the Riverside County Fire Department confirmed the plane crashed “with parts caught.”
- They later confirmed that one person had died at the scene and three people were taken to hospital.
One person was killed and three people were injured Tuesday afternoon after a plane struck the side of a building and crashed in southern California.
The horrifying accident occurred at the French Valley Airport in Murrieta, Riverside County.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Cessna 172 crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport.
Shortly after the crash, the Riverside County Fire Department confirmed the plane crashed “with parts caught.”
Images taken by the local media. KTLA show the Cessna upside down and in a parking lot.
The Riverside County Fire Department confirmed the plane crashed ‘with parts trapped’
The incident occurred at the French Valley Airport in Murrieta in Riverside County, California, pictured here
The fire department announced that three were taken to a local hospital by ambulance, but the fourth was pronounced dead at the scene.
An update from the fire department said: “There were four occupants on the plane, three were transported by ground ambulance (one with minor, one moderate and one serious injuries) and one victim died at the scene.”
The cause of the accident is now being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA.
Authorities have not released the identity of the person who died in the crash.
Tributes began pouring in on social media for the person who died in the collision.
One person said: ‘I see there was a victim. My condolences to the family! Fly and drive safely on this fourth day of celebration!’
Another commented: “Thoughts and prayers to the family involved, this is a tragic loss.”
It is unclear how the plane crashed and what happened to cause it to end up on its roof.
The circumstances surrounding the accident are now being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA.
It is not the first tragedy to strike the small airport, which is located about 85 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
In November 2021, a pilot died on a hillside near the airport after his Zodiac plane crashed.
When officers arrived on scene, they found the man, the sole occupant of the plane, dead inside the plane.
It comes just days after three people were killed and one person injured when a small plane crashed on a golf course near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The accident occurred around 11:20 a.m. in the woods north of the Barefoot Resort and Golf Club.
It was a single-engine Piper PA-32 with four people on board, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
Photos and videos posted online showed smoke billowing from the golf course near the luxurious Barefoot Landing area.