Terrifying footage of the small plane that crashed into the Santee, Ca. neighborhood was captured by a nearby home’s surveillance camera, seconds before impact. The plane crash video, which was captured 20 miles northeast of San Diego, caught the aircraft diving low right before it exploded. There were two reported deaths.
It takes only two seconds in the plane crash video, which was acquired by ABC News, for the plane to enter the frame and dive low enough to hit a building. Another plane crash video, which was taken from the deck of a house much farther away uphill, also shows the plane’s disturbing descent into the Santee residential neighborhood.
According to NBC News, the pilot was identified as Dr. Sugata Das, a cardiologist who works for the Yuma Regional Medical Center in Arizona. From Santee, Ca., the Medical Center in Arizona is roughly 150 miles east. A father of two, Dr. Sugata Das commuted back in forth in the small, twin-engine Cessna 340 plane, according to The New Post.
“We are deeply sad to hear news of a plane owned by local cardiologist Dr. Sugata Das which crashed near Santee,” Dr. Bharat Magu, chief medical officer at Yuma Regional Medical Center, said in a statement. “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.”
As originally reported, the pilot was assumed to be traveling to San Diego’s Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport, when traffic control spotted that he was flying too low.
An air traffic controller reached Dr. Das when he was about a half-mile to the runway, telling him: “Low altitude alert, climb immediately, climb the airplane.” After descending to 5,000 feet above ground, the San Diego air traffic controller reached him again, saying that he appeared to be descending rapidly.
Crashing into the residential neighborhood, the plane crash killed two people, including the pilot, and an unnamed UPS trick driver.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of our employee, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” UPS said in an official statement. “We also send our condolences for the other individuals who are involved in this incident, and their families and friends.”
The UPS truck was engulfed in flames, as well as a building belonging to an older couple, the Morrises, who neighbors helped save from their burning home.
Plane crash videos obtained by Fox News showed neighbors helping the Morrises escape their burning building through an open window.
“I heard a neighbor yell, ‘A plane just crashed,'” said Michael Keeley, a probation officer who lives three houses down from the couple. “I saw the smoke and I just took off running. I’m in bare feet, but I don’t care. I just took off running.”
“I don’t know if it was jet fuel or a gas tank on the side of the house or something,” Keeley told Fox News. “It was still booming. We got her across the street, and I realized it still wasn’t far enough away.”
Returning home as fast as he could, the Morrises, son, Jim Slaff, thanked his neighbors, telling Fox News that they had to break down his stepfathers fence to save him as well.
“I think they were lucky they were in the back of the house when it happened because it came in the front,” he said. “It’s a war zone. It’s not even a house.”
The couple was later sent to the hospital with minor injuries. They are expected to make a full recovery. It in unknown if there were any other passengers on board, or what happened to cause the plane to dip so suddenly.