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Wreckage from Camp Pendleton Plane Crash Removed

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FAA officials said the wreckage of a Cessna 172 that crashed on Camp Pendleton property Saturday night was removed by air crash investigators.

Three people, including at least two Orange County residents, were injured when the light plane crash-landed shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday just west of Interstate 5.

Ian Gregor of the FAA said investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will take the wreckage to a facility in Pearblossom, near Palmdale in Los Angeles County, for examination.

Witnesses told officials that the plane appeared to develop engine trouble before it crash-landed near a helicopter pad by the Las Pulgas Road interchange, the Orange County Register reported.

Jeff Smith told the Register he was driving southbound on the San Diego (5) Freeway and noticed the wing on its side and ran over to help the three men trapped inside. Smith, a pilot since 1996, said the plane was destroyed.

The three men on board were taken to hospitals. The pilot, Costa Mesa resident Allan Jacobson, suffering from serious injuries, was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, said hospital spokesperson Colleen Reinheart.

Paramedics transported Jacobson's passengers, Oregon resident David Menne, 50, and Lake Forest resident Scott Jones, 49, to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo where Menne was listed in critical condition. Jones was listed in good condition.

The Cessna was en route from John Wayne Airport to San Diego's Montgomery Field when it went down.

Gregor said a preliminary crash report will be available in about five days, and late in the day said he did not know if the planned move had occurred.

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