News Plane Crashes — 27 September 2017

A Cessna 182P plane crashed early Wednesday in an empty field near Brown Field municipal airport and the pilot and his two passengers walked away with minor injuries, authorities said.

The Cessna 182p crashed around 2:45 a.m. in a field just east of Brown Field and west of state Route 125.

The pilot told KUSI News that he was cleared to land at Brown Field and was making his approach when he hit dense fog and lost all visibility.

“We saw the lights, we saw the airport but suddenly (we were in) heavy fog,” Phillip Lojas told KUSI. “We just lost control. We crashed… I would say it was so fast, it happened so fast.”

The three men onboard said the plane flipped twice upon landing and the plane ended up upside down in the field.

The pilot said he kicked out a window to escape from the fixed-wing aircraft. The men walked about 15 minutes to the airport to report the crash.

Lojas said they ran from the plane, which they thought might explode.

The pilot told KUSI he and both passengers live in Tijuana and volunteer with a church ministry. They were flying from Los Angeles to Brown Field when they crashed. He called it a “miracle” that they survived and told reporters “we were in God’s hands.”

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According to, the plane was registered to an individual in El Cajon.

The pilot helped lead emergency responders to the plane after a brief search, but local authorities were holding off inspecting the plane until federal authorities from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board could reach the site.

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