MONTEREY, Calif. — Two women died when their small plane crashed into an empty home in a luxury gated community in the hills of Northern California.
The Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District tweeted about the crash at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 13. The crash happened off of Highway 68 in the Monterra Ranch neighborhood, causing a fire in the house that spread to nearby wildland, Monterey County Regional Fire District spokeswoman Dorothy Priolo said.
Relatives tell Monterey Bay-area news station KSBW-TV that Mary Ellen Carlin was flying the plane and Alice Diane Emig, of Rancho Cordova, and her dog, Toby, were on board. Authorities, however, said that no bodies have been recovered from the wreckage yet.
Cal Fire, the City of Monterey Fire Department, and other agencies assisted Monterey County Regional Fire with the crash. Monterey County Regional Fire said fire resources worked on the structure fire at the house and three more fire engines were requested to help extinguish the fire that spread into the brush nearby.
The Federal Aviation Administration says in a preliminary report that the twin-engine Cessna 421 crashed into a residential area after departing from the Monterey Regional Airport in Monterey, California, at 10:40 a.m. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
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