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Small plane crashes in Oceanside, pilot killed

A pilot was killed when a small plane crashed and burst into flames in a field behind an elementary school in Oceanside.

July 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The pilot of a small plane was killed when the aircraft crashed in a field behind an elementary school in Oceanside and burst into flames. No one was injured on the ground.

Witnesses said the twin-engine plane was in "obvious distress" when it went down near San Luis Elementary School. The school was not in session at the time.

A dispatcher said the plane reportedly took off from nearby Oceanside Municipal Airport just before the crash.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene near State Route 76 and North El Camino Real. It took them about 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this story