- Posted July 31, 2014 by
San Diego, California
Team iReport featured this story
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Small Plane Crashes outside of San Diego
On Wednesday Evening, the San Diego Police Department received an emergency call about a downed plane inthe Costco and Target parking lot, located in the 8000 Block of Othello Ave. When San Diego Fire-Rescue Department rescuers arrived on scene, they found two female individuals had been removed from the plane and were awaiting medical attention.
Witnesses describe the scene as having seen the plane take off from Montgomery Field and within a matter of seconds, seeing the plane bump into the roof of the Target and seeing a plume of smoke rising from the scene.
“Problem now. I’m not getting any altitude here,” the pilot was heard on a distress call to Montgomery Field. The crash was just about a mile from the ending of the runway.
The Mooney M20L was occupied by a 52-year-old as the pilot and and 80-year-old as the passenger. Both were taken to the hospital where later the passenger was later pronounced deceased.
As of 6:00pm on Wednesday evening, investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were at the scene investigating the crash. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were expected to arrive by early Thursday morning, as they flew down from Seattle.
In a press briefing shortly after the incident, San Diego Police Department Lieutenant Steve Behrendt explained that the airplane appeared to have struck a portion of the Target building before landing.
Engineers did approve the Target building damage and determined there was no structural damage and no immediate threat to any individuals inside the store.
None of the responding agencies were planning on releasing any of the names involved in the crash, following FAA protocol.