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    Posted January 24, 2009 by
    ChrisMorrow
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    Plane Crash - San Diego - Pilot and Passenger Remain Hospitalized.

     

    Pilot and passenger remain hospitalized from small-plane crash in Oceanside (Oceanside is the third-largest city in San Diego County, California, United States. The city has a population of 173,303. Together with Vista and Carlsbad, it forms a "Tri-City area." The city is located just south of Camp Pendleton, the busiest military base in the United States. 30 minutes from downtown San Diego.).

     

    Federal investigators have taken the aircraft to begin finding into what caused the accident.

     

    A small plane crashed into power lines and onto the street in Oceanside striking a sewage valve, Saturday, January 24, 2009.

     

    The single-engine Cessna 172 went down at about 10:43 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

     

    25,000 gallons of raw sewage erupted onto the wreckage.

     

    "It struck some overhead power lines " a quarter-mile from the Oceanside Municipal Airport, city police Sgt. Kelan Poorman said.

     

    Oceanside police identified:

    + Pilot Amandeep Singh, 24

    + Passenger Harshdeep Multani, 18

     

    Pilot and passenger status by Scripps LaJolla Memorial Hospital: Pilot Amandeep Singh was in the intensive care unit yesterday; a nursing supervisor said Singh's condition is fair. She said Passenger Harshdeep Multani is in good condition. Passenger Multani was easily pulled from the plane. It took firefighters an hour to extricate Pilot Singh. Several of his fingers were severed.

     

    The crash site was near a heavily populated residential area, a sewage pump station and Route 76, which is the town's major highway but nobody on the ground was hurt and there was no fire, Poorman said.

     

     

    The plane was registered to California Flight Academy, an El Cajon flight school. El Cajon Flight School's web site says, “52000 Hrs. and no student ever injured at CFA.” CFA declined statement.

     

    Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said the wreckage was transported near Palmdale. Gregor said investigators plan on speaking to the pilot and passenger in the next days.

     

    Video footage was taken 1 hour after crash.

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