El Cajon Plane Crash Investigation Continues as Victims Are Identified

The investigation by the FAA and NTSB continues as the names of the four people killed when a Learjet crashed Monday in an El Cajon area neighborhood are released.

The Medical Examiner’s Office identified two of the victims as Douglas James Grande, 45, and Julian Jorge Bugaj, 67. Both men were licensed pilots. Friends and colleagues said nurses Tina Ward and Laurie Gentz were passengers on the Aeromedevac plane.

The small jet took off from the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana at 6:56 p.m. The plane climbed to about 11,000 feet before starting its descent to Gillespie Field. The fiery crash was reported about 7:15 p.m. just after 7 p.m. along Pepper Drive near Somerlane Street, just west of North Second Street. San Diego Gas & Electric says about 2,500 customers lost electricity for a time due to power lines knocked down,


In a recording of Air-traffic Control audio posted to YouTube, the pilot is heard cursing and then screaming moments before the crash. Parts from the plane, including landing gear, were strewn across the street. . At least one home and one vehicle were damaged by some debris and some power lines were knocked down.

.While rain was reported in the county during the time of the crash, it wasn't clear if weather was a factor. The FAA and NTSB are handling the investigation, and asked anyone with photos or video of the crash to email witness@ntsb.gov. The site of where the plane crashed is under the flight path of the Gillespie Field airport.

(Photo reporting partner ABC 10News)

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