A 2007 Cirrus SR22 departs from Oban Airport. The plane that crashed into the Upland home was the same model.
Photo: The Carlisle Kid
Photo: The Carlisle Kid

Pilot killed after plane crashes into California home, setting it ablaze

A pilot of a single-engine plane flying to a small airport in San Bernardino County was killed when his aircraft plummeted into a home shortly before it was scheduled to land Thursday morning. 

Officials were not clear what caused the 2007 fixed-wing Cirrus SR 22 to crash into the single-story home about 11 a.m. in Upland, according to a report by The San Diego Union-Tribune. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash, authorities said. 

The aircraft departed from Zamperini Field in Torrance and was flying for nearly 20 minutes before it crashed. It was headed to Cable Airport, a small independently owned airport less than 2 miles from the neighborhood where the plane went down, according to flight records. 

The plane is registered to a man in Palos Verdes Estates, according to public records obtained by the Union-Tribune. The body of the pilot, however, has not been removed from the wreckage, and he has not been identified.

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