Accident in El Cajon

An incident occurred in El Cajon when a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood, just meters away from homes, on Sunday evening, as reported by Heartland Fire & Rescue. The incident took place around 6:27 p.m. in the neighborhood of Lily Avenue and Clarke Drive. The single-engine plane, a Bellanca Super Viking, appeared to have crashed onto the sidewalk near a power line and close to houses. Prior to the accident, the plane was heading towards Gillespie Field, about 2.5 miles away, according to Heartland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief John Nevin. The pilot was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries and no major concerns, stated Nevin. There were no other injuries in the incident, and no homes were affected, he added. Sean McGurrell, a pilot flying a similar aircraft on Sunday, heard the distress call to the control tower. Images show the area cordoned off with caution tape, while police officers and curious neighbors gathered around the plane wreckage. By Monday afternoon, the debris had been towed away. Fallen power lines affected some homes and were the primary concern. SDG&E responded and secured the lines to prevent hazards, Nevin reported to NBC 7. At one point, over 1,000 people were without electricity near El Cajon, according to the SDG&E website. People are urged to avoid the area for four to six hours after the accident, Nevin said. The El Cajon Police Department is coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the cause of the accident.  
Location: Lily Ave & Clarke Dr, El Cajon, CA 92021
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