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Father and child survive after plane smashes into their California home, causing fireball

A small plane crashed into a Southern California house and burned today, but two residents escaped, authorities said.

The single-engine Cirrus SR22 went down in the city of Upland around 11.30am (local time), said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

A father and child were in the home at the time and escaped without injuries, said Upland police Captain Marcelo Blanco.

There was no immediate information on how many people were on the plane, nor their conditions.

TV news helicopters showed a large portion of the house gutted and smoldering.

A parachute was draped over trees. Cirrus aircraft are equipped with so-called airframe parachutes that pilots can deploy in an emergency.

The home is near Upland's Cable Airport, about 55 kilometres east of Los Angeles.

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A father and child were in the home at the time and escaped without injuries. Source: Associated Press