"There was fire everywhere," an eyewitness to this morning's plane crash in East Palo Alto recalled.
The witness, Benita Brown, said she heard a boom and ran to her window. She heard a second boom and saw an explosion.
"The house shook. It felt like an earthquake."
A wing from the plane, loaded with fuel, exploded when it crashed into a house that doubled as a child care center and preschool in the 1200 block of Beech Street -- all of the seven persons inside escaped.
She said people were unsure about the street location due to a dense fog at the time of the crash, minutes before 8 a.m.
The plane had just taken off from the Palo Alto Airport on instruments due to the fog, with zero to 1/4-mile visibility reported. It then clipped a regional powerline and the steel tower, shearing off a wing, before crashing onto the 1100 block of Beech Street.
The plane's landing gear and engine crashed into the carport of a house in the 1200 block of Beech Street. No one was injured.
Another witness, Pamela Housten, 33, was inside the house hit by the wing, feeding a baby -- the only child there at the time.
She heard a boom and the house shook as if in an earthquake and she saw flames at the back before she fled out the front.
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