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NTSB investigating deadly Clairemont plane crash

Emergency crews are responding to reports of a small aircraft that crashed into a house causing a fire in Clairemont.

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Investigators are looking for answers Monday surrounding a deadly plane crash in Clairemont.

Two passengers were killed, two others hospitalized when a small plane crashed into a Clairemont home Saturday afternoon. A pet dog on the ground also died. Now a second dog is reported missing.

The crash happened at around 4:30 p.m in the 6000 block of Chandler Drive near Mt. Abernathy Avenue. 

The plane's pilot reported a catastrophic engine failure shortly after takeoff from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport to the east, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department chief Brian Fennessy. The plane first grounded on the property of the nearby Lafayette Elementary School and slid into the home.

There were a total of four people on board the plane, according to SDFD. 

Police officers found two people walking around outside the plane with burns and other injuries. Two men were pronounced dead at the scene. The plane itself was engulfed in flames. 

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to knock down the fire.

Nobody was inside the home at the time of the crash.

No other injuries on the ground were reported. 

[Video of flames courtesy of Denise Scatena]

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