The crash of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 near San Francisco on Sunday killed five people and injured 17 others, officials said.
A fourth person was in critical condition, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
The Boeing 737 had been scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport, the city’s airport authority, at 10:45 p.m. local time.
The pilot ejected safely after a collision with a semi-truck.
“He’s just devastated,” said his wife, Melissa, who said she has a son, 3-year-old Ryan, and daughter, 5-year and 3-month-old Lacey.
She said she called Ryan’s father, John, on Sunday night to ask if he wanted to come home.
Ryan’s family arrived home at about 4:45 a.m., Melissa said.
He told her they had checked into an emergency room and that he was going to be ok.
They arrived home about 8:45.
Ryan was the only one to survive, Melissa said, and her husband told her he was doing well.
The plane had been in service since the 1980s and was flying for the airline until recently.
The NTSB’s investigation into the crash found that a passenger’s left rear wheel was hit by the wing of the plane.
It said the plane went through a “probable nose-dive” and landed on its nose.
The National Transportation Security Board said in a statement that it is investigating the crash as an accident and will release more information as it becomes available.
The crash was the second fatal plane crash in the Bay Area this year.
On June 17, a Northwest Airlines 737 went down on the San Francisco waterfront.
Four people were killed and three others were injured.
The pilots were found dead at the crash site, but the NTSB said they did not believe the crash was a terrorist attack.
The investigation is continuing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.