The victims of the plane crashed Wednesday in a Yorba Linda home Sunday at the Super Bowl.
Yorba Linda's Roy Lee Anderson, 85, Dahlia Marlies 68-year-old Leber Anderson, Stacie Norene Leber, 48, of Corona, and Norco's Donald Paul Elliott, 58, have all been identified as victims of the accident by the Orange County. Sheriff's Department.
The neighborhood of Yorba Linda, where a plane crashed into a house and killed five people, including the pilot, is still struggling to cope with the reality of the seemingly random horror that is fallen from the sky.
Some thought it was the sound of motorcycles running around the neighborhood, while others assumed that the big boom was an earthquake. Three days later, the neighborhood is still recovering emotionally.
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Paul Prichard, who lives in the neighborhood, made an assumption when he heard the sound of crackling branches in his yard.
"My wife in the kitchen, she said:" Paul, we were struck by lightning. He fell on the tree, "he said. recalls Prichard.
There is now a gaping hole in the large Eucalyptus tree behind their Yorba Linda home, evidence of the closeness to which the Cessna came to land on them.
"I was more shaken later when I looked up at this tree and saw how much [it came]maybe 30 meters, "says Prichard.
Prichard ran into his driveway to put out a fire that he thought was his car. Then he assumed that maybe an underground safe had exploded. This was neither. It was the wing of the plane.
"Later, you start thinking," he says. "It's at that point that you lose your sleep, when you realize how close we are to a real disaster for the whole neighborhood."
According to authorities, a Cessna, a twin engine, collapsed after leaving Fullerton airport. The fireball landed directly on his neighbor's house.
"Something flew over my house, in [the neighbor’s] court, says Prichard.
Sue Bacha lives next door to the Prichard House. Three days later, she says the initial shock begins to fade.
"That's why I'm so hoarse, because I spent a lot of time crying," Bacha says.
The sheriff's assistants confirm that four people died in the house, as well as the pilot of the plane.
City officials plan a vigil at Glenn Knoll School on Thursday night. He had served as a command post at the initial investigation. Now it will become a meeting place for a community in recovery and mourning.
Wednesday brought more signs of reality, as adjusters and some alleged friends of the owners stopped to take photos. And of course, the identification of victims inside the house.
The Mayor confirmed that a GoFundMe had been created to help the victims of the plane crash. If you want to donate to GoFundMe, you can do it right here, but please note that GoFundMe takes a percentage of the fees as a platform and processing fee.