A camera on the driver’s dashboard captured the moment a small plane made a daring emergency landing on South Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos on Saturday night.
A pilot shared camera footage on the dashboard showing the plane making a rapid descent to the intersection of Melrose Drive. The single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft flew over a group of northbound cars waiting at a red light and landed at the intersection in front of them. The second camera angle shows the aircraft’s wing clamp a metal sign in the median.
The plane continued north on Rancho Santa Fe Road until it crashed into an SUV at the intersection of Boulderidge Drive. The pilot-side wing slammed into the rear of the SUV and the wing separated from the fuselage.
The San Marcos Fire Department reported the emergency landing around 6:30 p.m. Two passengers were injured, the San Diego County Sheriff said.
South Rancho Santa Fe Road was closed indefinitely near Melrose and Boulderidge, SMFD said. Drivers were asked to avoid the area. as of 10 p.m., hazardous materials crews were still on site to clear up fuel, the SDSO said.
No other information was available.