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Pilot dies when small plane crashes into California home: authorities

A pilot was killed after a single-engine plane crashed into a home in Southern California, sparking a house fire on Thursday, according to fire officials.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted on Thursday that the small plane crashed into a home in Upland, Calif., which is 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The fire department tweeted that flames were shooting through the roof of the single-story home after the plane crashed into the house.

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The single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed into the home on West 15th Street around 11 a.m. on Thursday under unknown circumstances , according to statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that was provided to Fox News.

The single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed into the home on West 15th Street in Upland, Calif. around 11 a.m. on Thursday under unknown circumstances, according to statement sent to Fox News from The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed into the home on West 15th Street in Upland, Calif. around 11 a.m. on Thursday under unknown circumstances, according to statement sent to Fox News from The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
(San Bernardino House Fire)

The plane was flying from Torrance Municipal Airport to Cable Airport in Upland, the agency added.

The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, was killed in the crash, authorities said. The identity of the pilot has not yet been released.

A father and child inside the house at the time of the crash escaped unharmed, Upland police Capt. Marcelo Blanco said.

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In a tweet, fire officials said the fire under was control.

The FAA and the the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating, an FAA spokesman told Fox News, adding that the NTSB is the lead investigative agency.

The NTSB did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The FAA spokesman said it typically takes the NTSB a year or more to determine a probable cause for an accident.

A hazardous materials team was requested at the scene, Fox 11 reported.

Television news helicopters showed a large portion of the house gutted and smoldering.

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A parachute was draped over trees. Several small planes are equipped with parachutes for emergency landings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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