Plane Crashes In Jamul Into Middle School Athletic Field
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The pilot and sole occupant of an ultralight aircraft escaped with minor injuries today when the aircraft crashed into a batting cage during an emergency landing behind an East County middle school.
Witnesses reported seeing the Hurricane Hauler-model plane going down near Lyons Valley Road and Skyline Truck Trail in Jamul shortly after 11 a.m., sheriff's Lt. Mike Munsey said.
Medics took the pilot to a hospital for evaluation of apparently superficial injuries, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. No one else was hurt in the crash, which occurred at the edge of a baseball field behind Jamul Intermediate School, according to Gregor.
The ultralight -- a type of aircraft similar to a hang glider but equipped with a small engine -- is registered to a man who lives in the Lomita area of eastern San Diego, according to FAA records.
The cause of the accident was under investigation, Gregor said.