EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A small plane crashed Monday night near San Diego, leaving a trail of fiery wreckage on a suburban street and knocking out power to hundreds of homes, according to authorities and news reports.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said it wasn’t immediately known how many people were aboard the Learjet that crashed shortly after 7 p.m. in the Bostonia area of El Cajon.
Officials with the Lakeside Fire District said it didn’t appear that anyone on board the plane survived, 10 News in San Diego reported. No injuries were reported on the ground, the news station said.
Video from the scene showed firefighters dousing several small fires along a street littered with debris and downed power lines.
As of 8 p.m., more than 2,500 SDG&E customers were without power in the area of El Cajon, impacting the communities of Lakeside, Bostonia and Granite Hills, a company outage map shows.
The bulk of the outages are estimated to be repaired by 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the company.
“As you can see, the power line that is to our right here extends all the way down the roadway,” Lakeside Fire Protection District Chief Don Butz said. “The final impact, it appears two poles were taken out and wires were dropped to the ground, so that’s what shorted out the power.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the crash and will handle the investigation.