VIDEO: Aircraft crashes near El Cajon east of Gillespie Field

The aircraft reportedly struck one home on or near Pepper Drive about 7:15 Monday evening

An aircraft crashed Monday night, possibly striking at least one home, in the unincorporated Bostonia neighborhood near El Cajon, authorities said.

The crash was reported about 7:15 p.m. near Pepper Drive and Somerlane Street, a little west of North Second Street, according to San Diego sheriff’s Lt. Mike Krugh.

A California Highway Patrol incident log indicated the aircraft may have struck one home. Police and sheriff’s deputies were shutting down roads in the area, which is about two miles east of Gillespie Field airport in El Cajon.

No other details, including information about injuries, were immediately available.

The sheriff’s department said several power lines were down in the area and SDG&E’s outage map showed about 2,500 customers without power as of just before 8 p.m.

Lakeside resident Suzie Mercadante was outside walking her dogs around 7:15 p.m. when she saw “a blue streak and then a giant big orange ball,” then “the blackest smoke just billowing out.”

The CHP log indicated the crash knocked down power poles and power lines in the neighborhood, and a San Diego Gas & Electric outage map showed two outages in the area, with about 2,580 customers without electricity.

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