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Small plane crash kills delivery driver, destroys homes


Two people are dead and at least two more are injured after a small plane crashed into a home near San Diego on Monday. 

The accident happened at around noon on October 11th in Santee, California. 

According to The Washington Post, the C340 Cessna plane was heading to the Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego from Yuma, Arizona when it crashed into a residential area. Two homes were destroyed in the crash and another 10 more were impacted.

Two people, including a UPS delivery driver of 30 years, Steve Krueger, died in the accident. 

“We are heartbroken by the loss of our driver Steve Krueger, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Those who knew Steve said he took pride in his work, and his positive attitude and joyful laugh made the hardest days a little lighter. Steve was held in high regard and will be greatly missed. UPS has coordinated a moment of silence today at 12:14 p.m. to pay our respects to Steve and his family,” UPS said in a statement to CBS 8.

The plane was owned and apparently flown by Sugata Das, a cardiologist in Yuma, who was also killed in the crash. 

“As an outstanding cardiologist and dedicated family man, Dr. Das leaves a lasting legacy. We extend our prayers and support to his family, colleagues, and friends during this difficult time,” chief medical officer of the Yuma Regional Medical Center, Bharat Magu, said. 

“We do not know yet how many people were on board [the plane],” said FAA spokesman Donnell Evans in a statement. 

Justin Matsushita, Santee’s deputy fire chief, says that officials are “very confident” that nobody inside of the home had been killed. 

 “As far as the plane occupants and the extent of the crash damage, it was non-survivable.”


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