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Pilot killed as plane crashes into Upland home, which catches on fire

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

It is not clear what caused the 2007 fixed-wing Cirrus SR 22 to plummet into the single-story home in the 1200 block of West 15th Street near Mountain Avenue in Upland about 11 a.m., authorities said.

The aircraft departed from Zamperini Field in Torrance and was flying for about 19 minutes before it crashed. It had been heading to Cable Airport, a small independently owned airport less than two 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. The pilot, however, has not been identified.

The section of the home where the plane went down was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived at the scene. The force of the crash caused a portion of the home’s roof to collapse. A man and his young , who were inside the house at the time, were able to escape the wreckage, Upland Police Capt. Marcelo Blanco said.

San Bernardino County firefighter and medic Pingree said it was “incredibly lucky” for neighbors that the plane went down as it did. The aircraft is equipped with a parachute system that’s designed, in the event of an emergency, to lower the aircraft to the ground after it is deployed, according to the manufacturer. Video from the scene showed a large parachute draped over a palm tree near the home.
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RealiJustinsane - 10 days ago  - (Points 11054)
The Cirrus chute unit deployed during impact....

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JohnnyLaRue - 10 days ago  - (Points 53)
OK that's it. Time for common sense Cirrus SR-22 control... NOW!
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RealiJustinsane - 11 days ago  - (Points 11054)
Another $730K Cirrus SR22 down. Most likely a low speed stall on approach, which has finished off 154 of them here in the U.S. alone. Too much aircraft, not enough Pilot....
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STtyrone - 11 days ago  - (Points 8462)
Did he read the manual, FFS
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Borderlord - 11 days ago  - (Points 17122)
No pressure on them firefighters...did they get out of that fuckin' truck or what?????????
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Onlyonecanopy - 11 days ago  - (Points 4943)
The cirrus has had quite a few incidents over the yrs , even though it comes equipped with a whole aircraft parachute system
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apachesmile - 11 days ago  - (Points 10650)
So is this technically a base jumping with a plane accident?
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scorched_earth - 11 days ago  - (Points 16764)
They were flying for 19 minutes and were just 2 miles away from landing .Why the fuck were they flying such a short distance anyway.I bet they didn't bother topping up the fuel efficiently enough for such a short flight ffs
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apachesmile - 11 days ago  - (Points 10650) scorched_earth
Had enough fuel for a Bar-B-Que though!
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ImAwakeNow - 10 days ago  - (Points 2668) scorched_earth
Judging by the fire, the aircraft had plenty of fuel!

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