El Cajon – An investigation is underway after a small plane crashed near NBC7 San Diego

The plane crashed in the unconnected Bostonia neighborhood near El Cajon on Monday, causing some power outages in the area.

Don Butts, head of the Lakeside Fire Safety District, said a small plane crashed on Pepper Drive Road near North Molison around 7:15 p.m., east of Gillespie Field.

The plane was scheduled to land at Gillespie Field, according to sheriff’s representatives. Delegates said they did not know where the plane came from and how many people were on board. Firefighters did not find survivors at the crash site.

There were no injuries or casualties on the ground. The cause of the accident is not yet known.


NBC 7 spoke to some residents in the area who said they heard the plane had crashed near their home.

“We were outside and, basically, we heard the plane approaching. They were usually noisy because we lived near the airport, but it was so loud that suddenly, we thought it might have hit our power lines above. Our house, but we were in bright blue and orange. We saw the flashing lights and we heard the electricity running, “said Lauren Watling, a nearby resident. “Then, we heard the plane had actually crashed. We ran out immediately. There was a ton of smoke everywhere. We saw fire and smoke.”

Matt Celustka told NBC 7 that he heard a plane fly particularly low and was waiting to hear its impact.

“I heard the pops, I knew at the time. And I’m worried it’s going to hit any houses,” Selustka said. “I went out with a couple of neighbors. All I could see was the flames in front of the houses at the top of the street.”

One of the houses was damaged in the accident.

The plane crashed and took out several electric poles. The SDG & E Crash Map Up to 2,000 people were once without electricity, but the map now shows approximately 350. Electricity is expected to return at 6 a.m. Tuesday. According to SDG & E. The American Red Cross will provide assistance to people affected by the power outage on Tuesday.

The SDG & E map shows power outages in the El Cajon area on December 27, 2021.


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The SDG & E map shows power outages in the El Cajon area on December 27, 2021.

Pepper Drive between Tupper Lane and North 2nd Street will remain closed until Wednesday, as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) will take some time to inspect the scene.

Sheriff’s representatives from Santee Sheriff’s Station and Lakeside Sheriff’s substation, along with the Lakeside Fire Protection District, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and El Cajon Police, responded to the scene.

The plane crashed in the unconnected Bostonia neighborhood near El Cajon on Monday, causing some power outages in the area.

In October, A pilot has crashed into a residential street in Sandy, killing himself and a UPS driver.

In the aftermath of that crash, NBC 7 Investigators examined more than 120 NTSB investigation reports and have been digging at least 35 plane or helicopter crashes around San Diego County since 2010.

The crash killed 30 people and injured 20 others.

Gillespie Field in El Cajon has been linked to the lion’s share of plane crashes – with at least 16 crashes in the surrounding area. Then comes the Montgomery-Gibbs Kearny Mesa with at least nine.

Gillespie is one of the busiest small airports in our area with 600 to 800 flights a day.

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