December 3, 2023

BY KAREN KUCHER | San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — A small Cessna aircraft crashed in La Jolla Wednesday evening, killing the pilot, officers mentioned.

The wreckage of the aircraft, a single-engine Cessna P210, was discovered shortly after 2 a.m. in a brushy space off Caminito Claro close to Gilman Drive, mentioned San Diego police Officer David O’Brien.

Residents known as 911 round 9:35 p.m. reporting that they heard or noticed a distressed aircraft and that it had crashed.

“We bought reviews that the aircraft was low, circling the world” and reviews that “the aircraft had gone down,” O’Brien mentioned.

Officers searched the world, but it surely took hours to find the wreckage at midnight. O’Brien mentioned the plane missed a rental complicated and hit a hillside.

Based on the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the aircraft’s registered proprietor lives in Carlsbad.

The pilot was the one particular person on board the six-seater and died earlier than he might be taken to a hospital. His identify was not launched, pending notification of household.

Based on FlightAware, the aircraft departed from French Valley Airport, simply north of Temecula, on Monday and flew to Buchanan Subject Airport in Harmony. The aircraft was headed again from the Bay Space Wednesday evening however diverted from French Valley. The Cessna appeared to try to land at Montgomery Subject in Kearny Mesa earlier than persevering with west towards La Jolla, based on FlightAware monitoring. It crashed about 3 miles west of the airport, based on a spokesperson from the Nationwide Transportation Security Board.

“An NTSB investigator will arrive on website later at this time to start the on-scene portion of the investigation,” based on the spokesperson. “As soon as on website, the investigator will start the method of documenting the scene and inspecting the plane. The plane will then be recovered to a safe facility for additional analysis.”

No different data was instantly obtainable.