Small Plane Crashes in Chula Vista Park

Monday, Oct 1, 2012  |  Updated 9:43 AM PDT
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An experimental plane attempted to land on a soccer field to the south of Salt Creek Recreation Center. Diana Guevara reports.

An experimental plane attempted to land on a soccer field to the south of Salt Creek Recreation Center. Diana Guevara reports.

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Emergency officials in Chula Vista responded Sunday to the report of a small plane's crash landing in a suburban park.

An experimental plane attempted to land on a soccer field to the south of Salt Creek Recreation Center.

Chula Vista police Lt. Eric Thurnberg said someone called around 6:40 p.m. to report an experimental plane crash at Salt Creek Park on Otay Lakes Road in the Eastlake area of Chula Vista.

The plane rolled approximately 10 to 20 feet across the grass officials said.

Then, the plane’s right wing struck a light pole and the aircraft came to rest on an embankment.

The pilot could be seen talking to officials and was not receiving medical treatment from the paramedics on the scene.

Steven Smith, 42, told NBC 7 San Diego he has been flying since he was 21 years old.

The NTSB has been notified.

No one on the ground was injured

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