Public rallies to raise funds for Santee families affected by plane crash


SANTEE (KUSI) – The public is raising funds to help the families who’s homes were destroyed in Monday’s plane crash.

At around 12:14PM on Monday, a twin-engine Cessna C340 crashed into a Santee neighborhood, setting two homes and a UPS truck ablaze. The pilot, cardiologist Dr. Sugata Das, and UPS driver, Steve Krueger did not survive.

Elderly couple Maria and Phil Morris were home when the plane barreled through their rooftop. With the help of their neighbors, they were able to get to safety. They were then transported to a hospital to undergo treatment for second and third degree burns.

Not only did the couple lose their family home, they lost their beloved dog Roxie, who did not make it out to safety. A GoFundMe page, created by granddaughter Danielle Slaff, has raised nearly $18,000 so far.

“Maria and Phil have lived in the city of Santee for over 30 years,” Slaff writes. “They are retired and enjoy spending time with their family and friends in their community of Santee. They both care deeply about family and are the type of people whose door is always open. If you know Maria, you know that everyone is family…We would appreciate any donations to help them rebuild their lives in their golden years.”

You can find Phil and Maria’s GoFundMe page here.

In the meantime, young couple Courtney and Cody Campbell also lost their home in the crash. According to their GoFundMe page, they were both at work when it happened. Any donations will go towards temporary housing, and any essentials they need. So far, they’ve raised over $28,000 as of Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

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