No survivors in California plane crash
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A plane crashed Monday evening in the El Cajon area of southern California, leaving no survivors, authorities said.
The Learjet was scheduled to land at a local airfield when it crashed just after 7 p.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Firefighters could not find any survivors at the scene, authorities said in a statement.
They did not say how many victims were found. No one was injured on the ground, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
The medical examiner will investigate and identify the victims once family members have been notified.
The sheriff’s department said the plane was a Learjet and authorities do not know how many people were on board, CNN affiliate KGTV reported. A house was damaged and power lines were knocked down in the area, the sheriff’s department said.
“The plane was due to land at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. At the moment, we have no information on where the plane came from or how many people were on board. Firefighters could not find any survivors on the crash scene, “the sheriff’s department said.
“When firefighters arrived at the scene it was raining heavily and there was a large field of debris stretching for about 200 feet,” Lakeside Fire Protection District Chief Don Butz told CNN. .
“Firefighters observed a large fireball and smoke coming from the fire station – the fire station is half a mile from the scene,” Butz said.
The chief said a vehicle was also damaged.
There was rain in the area with windy conditions, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri reported. The El Cajon observation site showed light winds of 10 to 15 mph near the time of the crash, but gusts were much higher in the nearby foothills, peaking at 40-45 mph, Javaheri said.
Weather observations from Gillespie Field showed visibility to be less than 1 mile around 6:50 p.m., with cloudy ceilings below 500 feet, which would have required the pilot to follow instrument flight rules, Javaheri noted. Conditions lasted until about 8 p.m., when visibility returned to 3-5 miles, he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will take charge of the plane crash investigation, the sheriff’s department said.
El Cajon is approximately 16 miles east of San Diego.
“Our hearts and prayers are with all those affected by the plane crash,” the sheriff’s department said.
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