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No survivors after plane crashes in East County San Diego neighborhood

Authorities said they found no survivors of the crash in the El Cajon area. Four people were on board the plane.

EL CAJON, Calif. — Warning: This story contains graphic content that some may find disturbing.

Authorities confirmed Tuesday that the small airplane that crashed in East County San Diego Monday, damaging one home and downing several power lines, was carrying four people. No survivors from the plane have been found, officials said. 

The identities of the individuals killed the plane had not been released as of Tuesday evening but News 8 has learned two pilots and two nurses were on board returning from a flight taking a medical patient to Orange County

The crash was reported at about 7:15 p.m. near the 1200 block of Pepper Drive and North Mollison Avenue in the unincorporated Bostonia area near El Cajon. The area is a few miles east of Gillespie Field airport, where the plane was scheduled to land.

The FAA released the following statement Tuesday morning:

"A Learjet 35 business jet crashed in a residential San Diego neighborhood around 7:15 p.m. local time Monday. Four people were aboard. The flight departed John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., and was headed to Gillespie Field Airport in San Diego. The FAA and NTSB will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide all updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents."

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Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's Santee and Lakeside stations immediately responded to the scene along with the Lakeside Fire Protection District, the California Highway Patrol and the El Cajon Police Department.

Fire and plumes of smoke were seen in video provided by residents in the area. In a live stream by a Facebook user, cars were seen on fire in front of a home and debris littered the street as crews worked to extinguish flames and additional crews arrived on the scene. 

The aircraft took down an unknown number of power lines during the crash, and San Diego Gas & Electric reported over 2,500 customers in the El Cajon area were without power at one point. The utility worked Tuesday to restore power for all residents. The American Red Cross provided assistance Tuesday morning to residents who remained affected by the power outage, according to sheriff's officials. 

The department tweeted at 8:57 p.m. Monday that the fire from the crash was out, and added that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and would be handling the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has photos or videos from the scene was asked to email witness@ntsb.gov.

Pepper Drive would remain closed between Topper Lane and North Second Street through Wednesday, officials said.

The crash comes less than three months after a small aircraft crashed into homes in another East County San Diego neighborhood killing two people and destroying two homes. The Oct. 11 plane crash in Santee claimed the lives of the pilot Dr. Sugata Das and a UPS driver who was struck on the ground Steve Krueger.

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Posted by James Wall on Monday, December 27, 2021

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