Plane with Carson ties crashes; 5 injured

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - At least five people were injured on Saturday after a twin engine plane crashed into two homes in Compton, Calif., authorities said.

The Cessna 310 went down just before 4 p.m., near the Compton/Woodley Airport, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The Cessna is owned by Eureka International of Carson City Gregor said.

The plane was carrying two men and both were transported to hospitals in critical condition, Gregor said. In one house, a woman was critically injured and a man suffered less serious injuries, according to Gregor. In the other home a woman complained of chest pains.

The crash did not result in a fire, according to Downey fire Capt. Lonnie Kroom. Television images showed the plane's fuselage had crashed through one roof and its left wing was lodged in a second home.

Gregor said the flight originated at Montgomery Field in San Diego and was heading for Hawthorne Municipal Airport, about 10 miles away.

Hawthorne Airport has an air traffic control tower, but it wasn't immediately known if the pilot was in contact with controllers.


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