A female on board a small engine plane was killed and another person on board was seriously injured early Wednesday evening following a crash shortly after takeoff in Kearny Mesa.
According to reports, the single-engine 1988 Mooney M-20L crashed around 5:30 p.m. in a parking lot that serves both a Costco and a Target store. Authorities did not immediately say if it was the pilot or the passenger who had passed away.
According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson, the aircraft bounced while attempting to land at nearby Montgomerey Field, continued westbound and went down.
No shoppers injured at area stores
During its attempted landing, the plane hit the top of the Target store and knocked down a light pole. At that point, it spun around and ultimately came to rest in the parking lot in a loading dock area away from the main entrances.
Authorities noted the plane then became engulfed in flames, but that the fire was quickly put out.
A male on the scene that tried to help the pilot and her passenger was treated by medical personnel for minor cuts and burns. The surviving victim was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
It was reported by several media outlets that the aircraft is co-owned but registered to San Diegan William Logan. According to a family member, Logan was not aboard the aircraft when it crashed.
Fortunately, no one on the ground (including in and around both Costco and Target) was injured as the plane came to rest in the parking lot.
Given the time of day and the number of shoppers and workers in the area, the crash could have been much worse.