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Small plane crashes in East Palo Alto [Updated]

February 17, 2010 |  9:01 am

A small plane crashed Wednesday morning in East Palo Alto, causing a widespread power outage, officials said.

[Updated at 9:11 a.m.: A fire official told reporters at the scene that there were three fatalities, all people inside the Cessna 310. He said the plane's wing struck a home day-care center in the residential neighborhood then ricocheted off multiple vehicles when it hit the ground.] 

It was unclear if anyone was injured, but witnesses reported that the crash caused several fires and that an electrical line was hit. KNX News reported that the plane was heading to Hawthorne. [Updated at 9:13 a.m.: An FAA official confirmed the plane was headed to Hawthorne Municipal Airport.]

The crash occurred near Beech Street and Pulgas Avenue, police said. They could not say whether there had been any damage or injuries. [Updated at 9:14 a.m.: An FAA official said the plane crashed about one mile northeast of Palo Alto Airport.]

A resident told Bay City News that part of the plane landed on a day-care center and that other parts hit two homes.

"It hit some power lines next to my house," said Art Jonas, who was evacuating his home in the 1200 block of Beech Street at about 8:20 a.m. "It's pretty dismal."

The airport in San Jose is reporting that Southwest Airlines grounded 16 flights because of fog, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

-- Alexandra Zavis


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