The pilot of a single-engine plane died Thursday after crashing into a house in Upland, Calif., and setting the residence ablaze with three people inside, officials said.
The people on the ground, including a young child, safely evacuated as part of the roof collapsed and flames erupted from the wreckage, police in the city about 30 miles east of Los Angeles said.
The Cirrus SR22 had just taken off from Cable Airport in Upland when it dropped from the sky shortly before 11 a.m. California time, according to the Daily Bulletin.
San Bernardino County Firefighters raced to the scene and contained the blaze before it could spread to nearby houses.
Police said a safety parachute was visible at the back of the plane, and it will be up to federal investigators to figure out what happened.
“We don’t have any information as far as the identity of the pilot because of how the wreckage is. We’ll have to wait for the NTSB and the coroner’s office,” Upland Police Capt. Marcelo Blanco told reporters at the scene.