- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials have confirmed that three people died on a small plane that crashed into a house in East Palo Alto.

Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman says crews battled blazes at two houses in the residential neighborhood Wednesday morning, but there are no reports of injuries on the ground.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says a Cessna 310 crashed shortly after takeoff from the Palo Alto Airport at 7:55 a.m. The crash site is just northwest of the airport.

Witnesses say the plane may have clipped some power transmission lines. Residents are reporting power outages in the area.

Gregor says the plane had been headed to Hawthorne in Southern California.

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