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Pilot killed, juvenile passenger injured after small aircraft crashes in Valley Center neighborhood

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Posted at 6:35 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 13:20:32-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A small aircraft crashed into a Valley Center neighborhood Sunday night, killing the pilot and leaving a juvenile passenger with serious injuries.

The crash happened at around 6 p.m. near the 30000 block of Palomar Vista Drive, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration said the "experimental homebuilt single-engine aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into the backyard of a residence."

Officials confirmed the plane's pilot was killed in the crash.

"An approximately 57-year-old male was trapped inside of the aircraft," the sheriff's department said. "The male passenger was determined to be deceased and not immediately able to be extracted from the aircraft."

The sheriff's department said citizens pulled a juvenile passenger from the airplane. The young victim suffered burns in the crash and was flown to Rady Children's Hospital for further medical treatment.

There were no reports of anyone hurt on the ground, the FAA spokesperson said.

Time lapsed images recorded from the San Diego Gas & Electric camera at Boucher Hill West shows smoke billowing from a sparsely populated neighborhood not far from Valley Center High School.