Plane crashes at San Diego Navy base during rough weather from Tropical Storm Kay
Two civilians were aboard the aircraft and are thought to have minor injuries.
SAN DIEGO – A jet went off a runway at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California, on Friday as the impacts from Tropical Storm Kay were felt across the region.
A public affairs officer said the Navy-contracted plane was attempting to land at around 1:15 p.m. when it slid off a runway and into an embankment along the San Diego Bay.
Two people were aboard and able to escape the aircraft after the crash.
Authorities said both were transported to a local hospital for examination.
A nearby weather observation site reported rain and gusty winds in the area courtesy of Tropical Storm Kay, which was centered about 100 miles south of San Diego.
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Federal agencies will examine the wreckage and determine what caused the plane to overshoot the runway.
Despite the off-and-on rain and gusty winds, the naval air station’s runways were open for both arriving and departing aircraft.
Nearby San Diego International Airpot reported 0.56" of rainfall fell by mid-afternoon, a daily record.
Tropical Storm Kay is quickly weakening over the cool waters of the eastern Pacific.
Impacts on both Mexico and California are forecast to decrease through the weekend.