Plane crashes in parking lot of San Diego Costco; 1 killed

An 80-year-old female passenger of a single-engine plane that crashed in a Costco parking lot in San Diego Wednesday has died, authorities confirmed.

The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. in the 7000 block of Othello Avenue in Kearny Mesa, said Lee Swanson, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.


Two unidentified women were the only occupants of the plane. The pilot, a 52-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries, Swanson said. Her condition was not released.

The plane came to rest between two buildings and did not hit anything, Swanson said.

"The pilot did a great job of bringing it down away from buildings and cars," he said.

Two witnesses who tried to help the women out of the plane suffered scrapes and cuts, Swanson said.

Social media was filled with pictures of the wreckage because of the unusual spot it was located.

It is unclear what caused the crash. Federal Aviation Administration investigators are at the scene.  

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