Monday, December 27, 2010

Lakeside Fire Crews Search for Downed Aircraft

Eucalyptus Hills: On Monday, December 27th 2010, at 1:32 p.m., the Lakeside Fire District received a call of an aircraft crash in the area of the 10600 block of Oak Creek Drive. The reporting party claimed she saw an aircraft go down in the area with an associated "boom." Three engine companies, a rescue company, an ALS ambulance, and two battalion chiefs were sent on the alarm.

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Arriving units could not locate a crash site, so ASTREA (San Diego County Sheriff) was requested to search the area and listen for an ELT signal from the aircraft. During this time, crews received an additional report from a local construction crew that they had seen an aircraft and heard an explosion in the area. Based on that information, E1 (Riverview Station), and E2 (Eucalyptus Hills Station), with Battalion One (Lake Jennings Station) conducted a ground search of the creek beds in the area.

On the arrival of ASTREA, they conducted a search of the area and could not locate a crash site. The control towers at Gillespie Field and Miramar reported no overdue aircarft.

After an extensive search of the area, crews determined that there was no evidence of a plane crash and the search was terminated.

Agencies assisting Lakeside Fire include the Santee Fire Department and the San Diego County Sheriff Department.

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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