A single-engine Mooney M20L bounced while landing at Montgomery Field around 5:25 p.m., continued westbound and crashed in the 7000 block of Othello Avenue in the Costco Business and Target parking lot, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.
Both victims were transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where the 78-year-old woman died, San Diego police said. Her name was withheld until her family could be notified.
A man waiting for his girlfriend to get off work from Target told Fox5 he saw the plane hit a light fixture near the Target store and crash into the parking lot. He said people armed with fire extinguishers ran toward the wreckage, where black smoke was pouring out of it.
The man said the two women were conscious at the scene, but looked “pretty beat up” from the crash.
The FAA and NTSB will investigate the accident.