A small plane crashed in the backyard of a home in Hemet on Tuesday morning, June 7, seriously injuring the pilot and just barely missing the house.
The crash was reported at about 9:30 a.m. along Warren Road, near Mustang Way, Hemet police said in a news release.
The pilot, the sole occupant of the craft, was rushed to a hospital, authorities said. No other injuries were reported.
The plane apparently slammed into a brick wall and landed in the backyard, stopping just short of the house, as seen in footage captured by RMG News.
Parts of the craft appeared to have been charred by flames. One of the house’s windows was shattered in the crash.
Hemet resident Michael Deardorff said he was on his way to Target with his wife when he saw the plane go down.
“I could see as soon as it touched the ground all the dust and everything flew up like it was coming in too hot,” Deardorff said. “And then all of a sudden it was just an explosion and flames galore.”
He said he called 911 and drove back to alert crews of two fire engines they had passed on their way to Target.
“When we looked up, it looked to us like the plane had just left (Hemet-Ryan Airport) heading west and then it made a hard turn heading south and then it started getting lower and lower,” Deardorff said. “All of a sudden it started getting almost to the ground.”
The crash occurred moments later, he said.
There was no immediate word on what caused the crash. Additional information was not immediately released.
City News Service contributed to this report.