Learjet goes down in flames near San Diego with no expected survivors

10-set private Learjet goes down in flames near San Diego with no expected survivors: 2,500 without power due to the wreckage

  • The crash happened in the area of Pepper Drive and North 2nd Street, located to the east of SR-67 north of Interstate 8 in the unincorporated part of El Cajon 
  • The crash, which took place at 7:15 p.m. local time on Monday, has also caused about 2,500 customers to be without power in the area 
  • Fire and smoke could be seen in video provided by a local resident. A Facebook livestream showed a car on fire in front of a house and debris in the street 
  • Fire officials do not know how many people were on board the plane, but are working under the assumption that they are dead 
  • No fatalities or injuries were reported on the ground 

Police are under the assumption that anyone on board is dead after a small jet plane crashed in unincorporated area in a town about 17 miles east of San Diego.

The Learjet 35A, flying out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County crashed in the area of Pepper Drive and North 2nd Street, located to the east of SR-67 north of Interstate 8 in the unincorporated part of El Cajon, California. 

The crash, which took place at 7:15 p.m. local time on Monday, has also caused about 2,500 customers to be without power in the area. 

Fire and smoke could be seen in video provided by a local resident. A Facebook livestream showed a car on fire in front of a house and debris in the street.  

Fire officials do not know how many people were on board the plane, but are working under the assumption that they are dead, authorities told a local NBC station. 

No fatalities or injuries were reported on the ground. 

Firefighters work to put out flames on the ground after a small jet plane crashed in unincorporated area in a town about 17 miles east of San Diego

Several fire and police units worked to get the blaze under control by about 9 p.m. local time in El Cajon, California

Fire and smoke could be seen in video provided by a local resident. A Facebook livestream showed a car on fire in front of a house and debris in the street

No one on the ground was injured or hurt. Rainy conditions and the darkness have kept investigators from finding the full extent of the damage

‘There is very little left of the aircraft,’ Butz said. ‘We weren’t able to find any survivors.’ 

The cause of the crash has yet to be determined as authorities are still investigating. 

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore’s office tweeted that the fire was out by about 9 p.m. local time. 

The sheriff’s office added that there were ‘unknown injuries’ and encouraged anyone who saw the crash to contact the National Transportation and Safety Board. 

Fire Chief Don Butz said that they found a car with some damage from the crash but due to rainy conditions and darkness outside, they didn’t know if any further damage was caused at other homes or properties.  

The plane did, however, take out several electrical poles during the crash. As of 8 p.m., more than 2,500 residents in El Cajon are without hour. 

Local power officials said they will likely have their power restored by early Tuesday morning.   

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