SACRAMENTO, California (AP) – Four people are in critical condition after being pulled from a plane that crashed Thursday afternoon near a private runway in Sacramento County, firefighters said.
The plane landed in the front yard of the house and caused a small vegetation fire that quickly went out, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District told television stations ABC 10 and KCRA 3.
The plane landed in the Wilton area, southeast of Sacramento and east of Elk Grove.
The plane went down near the privately owned Alta Mesa Airpark, which has a 2,600-foot runway that is usually only open to residents living next to the asphalt. It reported the Sacramento Bee.
Fire Captain Parker Wilbourn told the newspaper that no one on the ground was injured and no structures were threatened by the crash.
The four people were released and were in critical condition with burns, fire authorities say.
The Federal Aviation Administration had not yet identified the type of plane that crashed.
The crash came four days after the pilot of a twin-engine plane crashed in a suburb of San Diego, killing the pilot and a delivery driver on the ground and burning home.
While the cause of Monday’s crash in Southern California is still being investigated, the pilot ignored repeated appeals from an air traffic controller to raise the altitude and stay the course.