“Emergency crews were dispatched to the crash a little after 6:30 a.m. in a lot outside a business at 4450 Ruffin Road between Balboa Avenue and Ridgehaven Court,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. Nobody on the ground was injured.
“The pilot was the only person on board and died at the scene,” San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez said.
Online records show the plane was a single-engine, fixed-wing Cirrus SR 22T registered to a doctor in La Jolla. Authorities were working this morning to identify the victim.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash, authorities said. Skies were clear at the time and the sun had just risen over the horizon.
Footage from several television stations showed the downed aircraft appeared badly damaged, with most of its front end destroyed. A SigAlert was issued for Ruffin Road between Balboa Avenue and
Ridgehaven Court. All lanes in both directions were expected to be closed for several hours during the investigation.
The deadly air accident is the second this month following a Feb. 6 crash in Santee near Gillespie Field that killed 70-year-old Irvine medical school professor John Longhurt and his wife, 71-year-old Cherril Longhurst.