Five people have died and two others have been injured after a small plane came apart, raining debris across a southern California neighbourhood.

The Cessna 414A took off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport about 12 miles west of the blaze, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

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The male pilot, who was the only person in the twin-engine plane, and four people in the Yorba Linda house that caught fire died on Sunday, Orange County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Cory Martino said at a news conference on Sunday night.

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He said the deceased occupants of the home were two males and two females. No other identifying information such as names or ages was immediately released.

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A two-story house burst into flames after being struck by the main cabin and one engine of the plane, sending panicked neighbours into the streets.

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The second engine dislodged and fell on to the street, creating a large hole in the asphalt, according to Eliott Simpson, an aviation accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

“It was a boom. It sounded like something exploded. It shook our house,” said John Wolbart, who lives nearby.

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