Pilot killed, passenger burned in Valley Center plane crash


VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (CNS) – A fiery single-engine plane crashed in a Valley Center neighborhood Sunday evening, killing the pilot and leaving a juvenile passenger with severe burn injuries, authorities said.

The plane crashed around 6 p.m. near 30642 Palomar Vista Drive in the northeastern San Diego County community, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Mike Davis said citizens were able to pull a juvenile passenger from the plane. A 57-year-old man was trapped inside the aircraft, determined by officials to be deceased. The juvenile was flown Rady Children’s Hospital for further medical treatment, Davis said. His condition currently is unknown.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the crash and responded to the scene.

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