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Navy plane crash lands on banks of San Diego Bay

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A small jet plane veered off a Naval air base and crashed into the rocky banks of the San Diego Bay Saturday afternoon as impacts from Tropical Storm Kay rattled Southern California.

The Navy-contracted plane was attempting to land at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado when it slid off the runway around 1:15 p.m., according to Fox Weather.

The two people aboard the Learjet 35 were able to exit the plane and were being examined at a hospital, the report said.

The immediate aftermath of the crash landing was captured by the San Diego Web Cam, but visibility was too poor to see the landing, the camera operators said.

The crash caused the aircraft’s tail to rest on the rocky banks of the bay while its nose perched over the water, the footage showed.

Tropical Storm Kay was 100 miles south of the landing strip at the time, delivering rain and gusty winds to the area, according to the report.

San Diego Airport had reported 0.52″ of rainfall in three hours around the time of the incident.

The crash was under federal investigation.



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