By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 31, 2014
A small plane crash Wednesday evening near San Diego has left one person dead and the pilot and at least one rescuer on the scene injured. It happened at about 5:30 Wednesday night in Kearny Mesa, California.
“The Mooney M20L went down in a parking lot that serves a Costco and a Target store … after a landing attempt at the municipal airport went awry, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and Federal Aviation Administration,” 10News San Diego reports. “The plane clipped the top of the Target store and knocked down a light pole before landing.” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane had bounced while landing at Montgomery Field, continued westbound and crashed.
Witnesses and store employees rushed to help those on board the plane, which had burst into flames after impact. At least one of the rescuers was injured in the attempt, suffering minor cuts and burns, 10News reports.
The pilot, a woman in her 50s, and a passenger who may have been her mother were taken to a trauma center for treatment of “major” injuries, a local official told ABC 10. “The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the passenger, a 78-year-old married woman from San Diego, died at the hospital after ‘aggressive lifesaving efforts,’” according to ABC 10.
The plane is reportedly registered to William Logan, and one of his relatives told 10News his wife and her mother were on board.
10News obtained the chilling radio communication between the pilot and the air traffic control tower just prior to the crash.
"Oh my God, I'm not getting any altitude here," the pilot says. Moments later, she adds, "I'm going down.”