A pilot and a passenger were injured after a Skydiving plane crashed just short of reaching the Oceanside Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon, Oceanside Police confirmed.
The crash was reported at around 12:47 p.m. at Foussat Rd and the 76 HWY. Oceanside police said the plane lost altitude just short of reaching the airport.
NBC 7 learned the plane is from GoJump Oceanside, a skydiving company. The plane is Cessna 208B Caravan, which holds 9 to 13 passengers.
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The pilot and the passenger were transported to local hospitals, Oceanside Police said. One patient was in critical condition and the other was in moderate condition. No other people were reported onboard.
SkyRanger 7 was overhead showing the plane came to rest on its nose with its tail in the air.
"We were skating at the skatepark and right over there we saw a plane come straight down and it tried to turn out and it hit the ground," said Giovanni Rossi. "It didn't make a loud noise, it was just dragging on the floor for a little bit and then it just stopped."
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Rossi told NBC 7 that he always sees that plane landing at the airport at least "20 times a day" as he suspected it was the skydiving plane.
"I was shocked, to be honest. Kids went over there to go see, but we stayed here [at the skatepark]," Connor Anderson said.
The Oceanside Fire Department also responded to the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the crash site. The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation into the crash.
No other information was available.
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