Learjet Crash

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Fatal Learjet Crash Near El Cajon

The Learjet 35 crashed on Dec. 27, killing all four people aboard

A graphic issued as part of the NTSB report on Tuesday.
NTSB

A little over two weeks after a fiery crash that killed four people in East County, the National Transportation Safety Board has released the results of its preliminary investigation.

There seemed to be no bombshells contained within the report, which details the moments leading up the crash on Dec. 27 when the plane came down on the roadway of Pepper Drive near North Mollison, 1.4 miles away from Gillespie Field, where it had been scheduled to land.

Two crew members and two flight nurses were killed in the crash Monday about 1.4 miles from the runway at Gillespie Field, reports NBC 7's Alexis Rivas.

The report confirms that the aircraft had been on an instrument approach before switching to a visual approach for Runway 27R and asked air traffic control to increase the power to the runway light, only to be told that the illumination was already at 100%.

The report does say, however, that the the Learjet 35 struck a set of power lines prior to the crash, creating a debris field 186 feet long and 90 feet wide.

Pilots Douglas James Grande, 45, and Julian Jorge Bugaj, 55, and flight nurses Laurie Gentz, 68, and Tina Ward, 52, were killed in the crash.

Four people were killed Monday when a Learjet came down in the residential neighborhood, reports NBC 7's Dana Griffin.

The plane was being operated by the Aeromedevac company, which is based in El Cajon and offers air ambulance and air-transport services for critical care patients.

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