SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after their small engine plane crashed near Montgomery Field Airport on Thursday afternoon.
The incident was reported around 4:30 p.m. near the executive airport at Kearny Villa Road and Balboa Avenue.
According to the San Diego Police Department, a witness said the plane crashed behind a building near the airport and was helping the pilot.
The plane had just taken off from the airport when it clipped trees and crash landed in an open space behind the Kyocera business building on Balboa Avenue, said Dan Eddy, Battalion Chief of the San Diego Fire Department
Two male passengers were responsive when crews arrived but were transported with major injuries.
Police said there was no active fire and no structures or vehicles were damaged.
Eddy estimated at least 20 gallons of fuel spilled from the wrecked plane.
The plane missed a high voltage area by about 30 feet, said Eddy.
No further information was provided at this time.