Federal investigators say the plane took off from Orange County with four people on board, but questions remain about who was on board. The jet crashed just east of El Cajon, in the Bostonia area, at about 7:15pm
It is still unclear what caused Tuesday’s crash.
Surveillance footage from Nest security cameras shows the plane crashing into nearby California on Monday night. A bright flash, presumably at or after the moment of impact, is also seen in the video shared with KSWB.
When the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board began probing the crash Tuesday morning, they postponed local authorities to have any firm confirmation of the identities of the passengers. and whether there is a chance anyone will survive.
Meanwhile, initial reports from federal investigators are shedding light on the crash.
Rick Breitenfeldt, FAA spokesman, confirmed the aircraft was a Learjet 35 commercial jet that had departed from John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. It was headed to Gillespie Field Airport in San Diego County with four people.
“The FAA and NTSB will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide all updates. No agency has identified those involved in the plane crash,” Breitenfeldt said.
For its part, the NTSB had a few details to share about the crash early Tuesday.
“The first NTSB investigator is expected to arrive on the scene this morning,” said agency spokesman Peter Knudson. “Two more investigators will arrive later today. Local authorities will provide information regarding accident victims.”
No one was injured on the ground, but a house was damaged and power lines collapsed in the area, the sheriff said, injuring more than 2,500 people. San Diego Gas & Electric customers lose power after crash. That number dropped significantly early Tuesday.
Roads near the crash site remain closed and are expected to reopen until Wednesday.
The crash comes more than two months after a twin-engine Cessna crashed in another San Diego County community, Santee, where the plane’s pilot and a UPS driver on the ground were both killed. That crash also destroyed two homes and left a couple with severe burns. In that case, the small plane was intended to arrive at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego.
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