EL CAJON, SAN DIEGO COUNTY –– A small plane crashed on the roadway of Pepper Drive near North Mollison at around 7:15 p.m., just east of Gillespie Field, said Lakeside Fire Protection District Chief, Don Butz.
The plane was scheduled to land at Gillespie Field, according to sheriff deputies. Deputies said they do not know where the plane was coming from or how many people were on board.
Firefighters did not find any survivors at the crash scene. No injuries or fatalities were reported on the ground.
“We were outside and basically, we heard the plane getting closer. Normally they get loud because we live right by the airport, but it got really, really loud and all of the sudden, we think it could’ve hit our power lines above our house, but we just saw bright blue and orange flashing lights and we heard the electricity running,” said Lauren Watling, a nearby resident. “And then after that, we heard the plane actually crash. We ran out immediately and there was a ton of smoke everywhere. All we saw was fire and smoke.”
NBC 7 scoured through more than 120 NTSB investigation reports and dug up at least 35 plane or helicopter crashes into San Diego County neighborhoods since 2010. The airport connected to the lion’s share of those crashes is Gillespie Field in El Cajon – there have been at least 16 crashes in surrounding neighborhoods. Gillespie is one of the busiest small aircraft airports with 800 flights per day.
This is the raw video of the plane crash, crashing into the San Diego neighborhood:
The ATC audio from the N880Z plane was actually recovered and sent to local news outlets on Monday.
HERE’S THE ATC AUDIO FROM THE PLANE MOMENTS BEFORE THE DEADLY CRASH: