Another plane crash tragedy in San Diego

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Yet another tragic plane crash has occurred within the borders of San Diego County. On Aug 2, a plane crashed near the 11th hole of the Admiral Baker Golf Course critically injuring the pilot and his three children and killing his wife, all from Mesa, Ariz.

The pilot, Gregory B. Crane, who was piloting a Velocity XL-RG5, had flown to San Diego to pick up his two daughters Summer, 11, and Tia, 10, his son Austin, 8, and his wife Lori. He took off back to Arizona from Montgomery Field Monday afternoon, and was witnessed crashing by bystanders at the golf course.

Tyler Monroe, assistant manager of the course’s pro shop, stated, “We saw it start to get lower and lower as it flew over, like they were trying to find a place to land it.” It is reported that the plane swerved to miss a pole, and it’s wing hit the ground which flipped the plane. Those present rushed to the scene to help the victims escape the plane. All victims were then rushed to two hospitals.

Although the hospitals in which the victims were taken to did not release any information regarding their conditions, Gregory Crane’s father-in-law, Earl Orner, revealed that Gregory is currently in a coma and that Lori had been killed.

This plane crash is the second one that has occurred in San Diego this week and the third in two years. The plane crash in December of 2008 killed four Korean family members, Young Mi Yoon, 36, her daughters Grace, 15 months, and Rachel, 2 months, and her mother Suk Im Kim, 60, who was visiting from Korea, were the victims of this tragic accident. The husband of Young Mi Yoon, Dong Yun Yoon, has recently filed a law suit over the crash

The plane crash that occurred in Oceanside on July 27th instantly killed the pilot, 83 year old Cecil Judd. He had taken off from Oceanside Municipal Airport in a Beechcraft 95-855. It is speculated that he encountered engine problems shortly after takeoff and was trying to turn back to the airport for an emergency landing when he crashed.

Photo from Stahlkocher via Wikimedia Commons

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