By City News Service
One person died and four others, including a child, were critically injured Monday when the light plane they were aboard crashed on Admiral Baker Golf Course in Tierrasanta, authorities reported.
The aircraft went down near the 11th hole in the northern reaches of the military golf course just east of Interstate 15 shortly before 1 p.m., according to police and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
The pilot apparently was trying to make an emergency landing at nearby Montgomery Field when the plane plunged to the ground.
One of the occupants died at the scene. Emergency-services helicopters landed on the links so medics could airlift the survivors - three adults and a child - to a hospital, a dispatcher said.
The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, though the pilot reported having some sort of trouble with a door on the aircraft shortly before the crash.
It was the second deadly light-plane crash to occur in the San Diego area in a week.
Last Tuesday morning, a twin-engine Beech 95-B55 went down in a field behind an Oceanside primary school and burst into flames, killing the pilot and sole occupant, 83-year-old Cecil Judd of San Clemente.
Witnesses said Judd's plane was "in obvious distress" with a sputtering engine just before it dropped nose-first into the brushy lot near San Luis Rey Elementary School, which had no classes in session at the time.