California plane crash survivor found with burns to 90%

Authorities say one of two survivors of a deadly plane crash in a California neighborhood suffered burns on 90 percent of her body.

Riverside Fire Capt. Tyler Reynolds said Tuesday that both adult women who survived are hospitalized in critical condition.

Three of the five people on the twin-engine Cessna died when it slammed into homes and caught fire Monday in the city east of Los Angeles. No names have yet been released.

Reynolds says the bodies of an adult woman, adult man and a female teenager have been recovered by the coroner.

He says the surviving woman who was burned was found in a bedroom of a home that burned.

Nobody on the ground was hurt. Two houses were destroyed and one was damaged.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause. A witness says the small plane's wings were nearly perpendicular to the ground moments before it went into a nosedive and crashed. 

The passengers, which comprised two other teenagers as well as a husband and his wife, appeared to be a family returning to San Jose after a girls under-15 cheerleading conference at Disneyland.

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Three people are dead and two are injured after a plane crashed into two homes and sparked a huge fire in Riverside, Southern California on Monday (pictured)

A huge cloud of smoke rose over the residential area (pictured) near Central and Streeter Avenues as the blaze engulfed and completely destroyed two homes following the plane crash

The teenager who was on the plane and survived the crash was ejected from the aircraft during the impact. She was able to talk to firefighters about what had happened as she was taken to a hospital. 

An unconscious victim from one of the homes was in surgery.  

Two witnesses previously told TV stations that a woman crawled from one of the houses with her clothes on fire, saying she had been flying the plane.

The Cessna 310 crashed shortly after taking off from Riverside Municipal Airport headed for San Jose, having flown about half a mile northeast.

Video from a news helicopter showed plane wreckage and at least one home engulfed in flames near the intersection of Central and Streeter Avenue.

Dismayed residents watched as smoke rose from the scene of the crash Monday afternoon in the residential neighborhood

Rescuers (pictured working at the scene) were still looking for three to five people as of Monday evening following the crash

Accounts from eyewitnesses emerged on Tuesday. They include those of Juan Cortes and his son who were installing fencing when they saw a low-flying plane make an awkward tilt and go straight down. Moments later they and others were confronted with a horrifying inferno.

'I saw the smoke, the black smoke,' said Cortes, 42, who raced to the scene in a truck with 19-year-old son Jonathan and tried to help.

People were screaming in the street, and he saw a woman pulled away from the flames. 'She was alive because she was screaming, 'My daughter! My daughter!' he recalled Tuesday.

Traci Zamora, 38, rushed out of her home and around a corner to find a house engulfed in flames and then saw a victim emerge.

'She just came crawling right out of it onto the front lawn,' she said. 'Her lower body was on fire.' 

Flames are seen rising from the crash site in Riverside, California, with firefighters desperately working to put the flames out

Concerned residents watched as the blaze

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