Planes collide in San Diego CountyLos Angeles Post-Examiner

Planes collide in San Diego County

Two private airplanes, a twin engine Sabreliner and a single engine Cessna 172, were attempting to land at Brown Field, a community airport at Otay Mesa, in East San Diego, collided and crashed. Three people were reported killed by the San Diego Fire Department.

Brown Field is just 1.5 miles from the U.S./Mexico border.  It is a difficult airport for take-offs and landings due to the 3,600 foot mountains on either end of the runway, including Otay Mountain.

On March 16, 1991, seven members of Reba McEntire’s band, and her road manager, were killed when the plane the were on crashed into Otay Mountain while taking off from Brown Field.

Today’s crashed sparked a small brush fire, but the firefighters were able to contain the small fire.

(Photo provided by San Diego Fire Department)


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