A pilot was able to get out of the wreckage and walk away Thursday after the light plane he was flying crashed onto a city street in El Cajon. Photo via OnScene..TV.

A pilot was able to get out of the wreckage of the light plane he had been flying Thursday after it crashed onto a city street in eastern San Diego County.

The single-engine Cessna 195 went down shortly after 10:30 a.m. between two bridges separating the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 8 over Greenfield Drive in El Cajon, Heartland Fire & Rescue spokesman Andy McKellar said.

When it hit the street, the aircraft grazed an SUV, leaving it with minimal damage, McKellar said. The plane, however, wound up “pretty well banged up,” with its nose bent around to the extent that the propeller was essentially facing backward, he said.

The 65-year-old pilot, a San Diego resident and sole occupant of the Cessna, was conscious and alert after the crash. Paramedics took him to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego for treatment of significant but apparently not life-threatening trauma, CHP public-affairs Officer Travis Garrow said.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the crash, which forced a closure in the 1700 block of Greenfield Drive, was not immediately clear.

“We know that (the pilot) was in contact with Gillespie Field (airport) prior to the incident,” McKellar said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will seek to determine the cause of the crash, according to an FAA statement.

Updated at 2:05 p.m., Aug. 18, 2022

–City News Service



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