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Pilot Killed In Fiery Plane Crash In Home's Backyard

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Riverside plane crash (via @1slowram_iest/Instagram)
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A pilot was killed after a small plane crashed into the backyard of a Riverside home on Sunday and burst into flames.

Around 5 p.m, a Beechcraft F-35 aircraft crashed into the backyard of a home located on the 4500 block of Adams Street, about a half mile from the Riverside Municipal Airport, according to the L.A. Times.

Hours earlier, air traffic controllers received a call that a plane was having engine problems and requested an emergency landing at the airport. Shortly after, they received a distress call from the pilot that he wasn't going to make it to the airport. Firefighters then soon responded to a call about the Riverside home, where they found the plane upside down and in flames. The pilot, whose identity has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The plane reportedly struck nearby power lines, hit a power pole and a light pole, and landed upside down in the backyard, just missing two homes, according to CBS LA. Flames from the wreckage quickly spread to brush in the backyard, threatening two homes, but firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

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Wreckage of the deadly crash remained scattered on the street near the crash site on Monday, as the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board plan to investigate. Footage of the plane on fire shortly after the crash was shared on social media: