April 2, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
Roughly 50 miles north of San Diego County, a small plane crashed on the I-15 highway, hitting a car. As a result, one person died and five others were injured. According to reports, the accident occurred at 9:00 a.m. PT when the single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft collided with a Nissan.
One person in the car died and the three other passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries. They were taken to the hospital. Both the pilot and a passenger in the plane were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries sustained.
According to the reports, the car was pulled over to the side of the highway as the driver attempted to sync his Bluetooth. The deceased passenger was a 38-year-old woman. The driver also suffered lacerations over his eye.
Initial investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board showed that the plane’s landing gear did not appear to be engaged. It was unknown if the mechanism didn’t work or if the pilot was too busy to put it down. Many witnesses, though, did say the plane appeared to be experiencing mechanical problems, in which case a landing on a highway would have been the safest option.
Investigation of the accident will continue to determine exactly what caused the need for an emergency landing, as well as any issues that would have caused the plane to crash.