Plane Crashes onto San Diego Shopping Center Parking Lot

Passenger killed when small plane crashes in Kearny Mesa neighborhood

 

 
 
 

| Thursday, July 31, 2014

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing an 80-year-old woman who was the lone passenger and injuring the pilot, authorities said.

The single-engine 1988 Mooney M-20L went down around 5:30 p.m. in a parking lot that serves a Costco and a Target store in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood.

The plane bounced while landing at nearby Montgomery Field, continued westbound and went down, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

However, helicopter pilot Vince Carter said he had taken off from the field when he heard the pilot, in apparently her last radio transmission, tell the control tower that she had lost power on takeoff.

"She said she lost power and she was going down and that was it," he told KFMB-TV.

There was no immediate way to resolve the two reports.

The plane clipped the top of the Target store and knocked down a light pole, police Lt. Steve Behrendt said.

It spun around and finally landed in the parking lot in a loading dock area away from the main entrances, and no cars were there, city fire spokesman Lee Swanson said.

The plane caught fire, but the flames were quickly doused. He said the passenger had serious burns and died at a hospital.

The pilot, a 52-year-old woman, also had major injuries, he said. However, Behrendt said the injured woman was expected to survive.

A man who tried to help after the crash was treated for minor cuts and burns.

Gregg Smith was working in a nearby office building and saw the plane in trouble. It nearly hit his building, he said.

"I knew they didn't have enough power to do the things they needed to do," he told KNSD-TV. "I knew it was going down."

Smith said the plane left his view at that point, but he heard a loud thud and then the crash.

"The next thing I saw was a bunch of black smoke," he said.

Smith said he ran outside as he called 911.

He said 15 to 20 people were standing around the plane, some with fire extinguishers, and they managed to get the fire out before it reached the plane's fuel tank.

Television news reports showed the white plane appeared to be mostly intact, but its nose and one wing were torn up.

"The front of the passenger compartment, the engine is essentially broken off," Swanson said. "The landing gear is off, it's lying flat on its belly. There's some debris for several yards in each direction."

Carter praised the pilot's landing and said things could have been much worse.

"This is a miracle and testament to her skill as a pilot," he told KNSD-TV. "This could have very easily killed a lot of people. You could imagine, just shopping at Target, and a plane comes through the roof full of fuel."

"She stalled it out pretty much perfectly in the only spot she possibly could have," he said.

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San Diego Fire-Rescue Responds to Plane Crash

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FAA investigator examines aircraft wreckage as San Diego firefighter stands by with a charged hose line. (Bob Graham photo)


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San Diego Fire-Rescue Responds to Plane Crash

Hazmat investigators check over the aircraft for any hazardous materials as firefighters keep a watchful eye over the crash scene. (Bob Graham photo)


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San Diego Fire-Rescue Responds to Plane Crash

San Diego firefighters keep an eye on the aircraft should flames reignite. (Bob Graham photo)


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San Diego Fire-Rescue Responds to Plane Crash

San Diego firefighters keep an eye on the aircraft should flames reignite. (Bob Graham photo)


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San Diego Fire-Rescue Responds to Plane Crash

Side view of the aircraft wreckage. (Bob Graham photo)



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