A US military F-18 fighter jet has crashed in a residential area of San Diego, killing three people on the ground.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the pilot ejected as he unsuccessfully tried to land the plane at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, about two miles (3.2km) away.
Witnesses said the pilot had landed in a tree close to the crash site. He was later taken to a naval hospital with injuries, officials said.
One witness, who was visiting the area, said the jet had "spiralled out of control, just like out of Top Gun" before coming down.
Dozens of firefighters battled to extinguish flames amid the charred wreckage of two homes.
The smoke was so thick that it made it difficult to breathe, prompting some homeowners to leave the area.
California residents have voiced concerns in the past about military flights over residential areas.