SAN DIEGO: Sunday, two small planes collide in midair while approaching an airport in southern San Diego County.
- Collision killed at least four people.
- The two small planes collide, Sabreliner jet and Cessna 172.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said, collision occurred around 11 a.m. about 2 miles northeast of Brown Field Municipal Airport, both small planes a twin-engine Sabreliner jet and a single-engine Cessna 172 were approaching Brown Field.
According to Nick Schuler, a division chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The small planes caught fire when they hit the ground and broke apart,”It appears it was a very violent crash, as you can tell by both aircraft being in multiple pieces.”
The Sabreliner crashed on a grassy slope and the Cessna fell within the bounds of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Crews extinguished several brush fires where the planes came down. One firefighter was taken to the hospital after he suffered a heat-related injury.
Brown Field Municipal Airport is in the Otay Mesa neighborhood of San Diego,California, 13 miles (21km) southeast of Downtown San Diego and named in honor of Commander Melville S. Brown, USN, who was killed in an airplane crash in 1936. Its main runway is 7,972 feet (2,430m) long. Its FAA/IATA airport code is SDM. Formerly Naval Auxiliary Air Station Brown Field, it is now a civilian reliever airport and a port of entry from Mexico. It is sometimes staffed by the U.S. Customs Service, but only upon request of incoming pilots to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Brown Field is 1.5 miles north of the US/Mexico border in the Otay Mesa Community of the City of San Diego. The airport, originally named East Field in honor of Army Major Whitten J. East, opened in 1918 when the U.S. Army established an aerial gunnery and aerobatics school to relieve congestion at North Island.IMAGE/AP