On Monday, cardiologist Dr. Sugata Das was flying from Yuma, Arizona, to San Diego, California, in his Cessna C340. He’d made many similar journeys before, but this time something went wrong.
Around 12:15 p.m., the plane nose-dived into a Santee neighborhood, the wing clipping a UPS truck and killing the driver. The body of the plane then slammed into two houses, exploding and setting them both on fire.
Neighbors were immediately shaken by the impact, and many ran outside to see what had happened. One of the houses the plane had hit was empty, but the other was not.
Michael Keeley was one of the locals who ran to help the older couple whose home had been hit. Keeley helped the wife out the window