Four people were killed as two small planes collided midair and caused a brushfire near Brown Field at Otay Mesa today.
“Start FAA. Debris is scattered everywhere” was the terse report from a CHP officer to dispatchers, following the collision and crashes, which were at 11:04 a.m.
Another told dispatchers that one aircraft may have hit power lines near the R. J. Donovan Correction Center, a state prison just north of the Otay Mesa border port of entry.
Spot fires were burning in brush north of the crash, a fire dispatcher told City News Service.
San Diego Fire-Rescue firefighters extinguished the flames at the plane wreckage within 40 minutes, but the resultant brushfire was still burning.
Fire officials confirmed that there was a midair collision near the municipal airport, which is a busy general aviation facility about one mile north of the international boundary and about 8 miles northeast of San Ysidro.
Nick Schuller with Cal Fire says one plane was a Saberliner jet and the other was a Cessna 172.