Man recalls plane crashing into his Riverside home

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Dave Swinfard managed to escape his home as a crashed plane turned his house into charred rubble. (KABC)

Standing amid the ruins of his home, a man recounted the shocking moments when a plane came crashing down into his Riverside house.

Dave Swinfard's two-bedroom home was reduced to charred rubble when the small plane fell from the sky on Monday.

"I opened the door up (and saw) flames," the 61-year-old said. "Then I went around and right out the back door."

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Swinfard collected the few possessions he was able to salvage, but said he lost one item that was near and dear to his heart: a photo album of his late brother.

"Even though it has been 47 years, still miss him and it is hard," Swinfard said.

The Cessna 310 aircraft hit Swinfard's home and his neighbors before engulfing in flames.


Five people were on board the plane that was heading from the Riverside Municipal Airport to San Jose. Two women survived, but authorities said a two other women and a man were killed.

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One of the deceased women was identified as 22-year-old Adine Farelas. Her mother Sylvia Farelas survived the crash.
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Dave Swinfard recalls the moment a plane crashed into his Riverside home.


One of the survivors remained in critical condition with third degree burns to 90 percent of her body. The other survivor was listed in stable condition.

A GoFundMe account was set by for Swinfard by his niece. If you would like to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/3g6qpyo.

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