Author`s name Alex Naumov

Small plane crashes into California homes

A small plane lost power and slammed into homes in Upland, California on Monday while trying to land. Authorities said the pilot and two passengers were slightly injured.

No one on the ground was hurt when the twin-engine Piper Seneca came to rest atop a garage, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was approaching Cable Airport about 45 miles east of Los Angeles when it lost power and crashed into three homes. None caught fire. The plane departed from Van Nuys Airport about 50 miles northwest from Upland, the AP reports.

"They were on approach when the pilot reported engine problems," Gregor said.

Housing tracts surround the small airport. A plane crashed into a home in nearby Claremont on Dec. 14, 2003, killing the pilot.

Federal safety investigators concluded last week that pilot Steven Kaplan, 45, became disoriented and lost control of his Cessna while approaching the airport, CBS reports.

Source: agencies

Prepared by Alexander Timoshik