A Cessna 310 similar to the one that crashed, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A twin-engine airplane went down about a half-mile northeast of Riverside Municipal Airport Monday, destroying two homes in a fiery crash that left three people dead.

Two women, estimated to be in their late 30s to early 40s, were ejected from the plane into one of the homes and rescued by firefighters before being taken to hospitals in critical condition.

All the victims were on the plane and everyone on the ground was accounted for, according to the Riverside Fire Department.

The crash was reported about 4:40 p.m. in the 6400 block of Rhonda Road, near Dewey Avenue, according to the department.

The Cessna 310 was carrying a married couple and three others from the San Jose area, Riverside Fire Department Chief Michael Moore told reporters at a late night news conference.

One survivor was taken to the burn unit at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton and was in surgery Monday night, Moore said. The less critically injured survivor was taken to the Riverside Community Hospital for treatment, he added.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told City News Service the aircraft was en route to San Jose and had just departed Riverside.

Those on the plane had come from San Jose for a cheerleading conference at Disneyland, Moore said.

The plane clipped power lines as it went down.

Light rain was falling at the time of the crash, and overcast conditions prevailed, though visibility was about three miles, according to Riverside Municipal Airport.

The plane had a fairly full fuel tank and the crash caused a fire that continued to burn into the evening, Moore said.

Adjacent homes sustained moderate damage, he said.

An entire block of about 40 homes was evacuated, Moore said.

A shelter was set up for displaced residents and the American Red Cross confirmed they were assisting five displaced families but were anticipating a sixth.

A secondary search for victims will be conducted Tuesday morning, Moore said, even though officials believe everyone has been accounted for.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.