WATCH: Dashcam catches plane’s emergency landing at busy San Marcos intersection

A driver’s dashboard camera captured the moment a small plane made a daring emergency landing on South Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos on Saturday night.

A driver shared dash cam footage showing the plane making a rapid descent towards the Melrose Drive intersection. The single-engine fixed-wing aircraft flew past a group of northbound cars waiting at a red light and touched down at the intersection ahead of them. The second camera angle shows the plane’s wing clip and a metal panel in the median.

The aircraft continued to roll north up Rancho Santa Fe Road until it struck an SUV at the Boulderidge Drive intersection. Its pilot side wing struck 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, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.


This single-engine aircraft made an emergency landing at Rancho Santa Fe Road and Melrose Drive in San Marcos and crashed into an SUV at the next intersection, losing a wing in the process.

South Rancho Santa Fe Road has been closed indefinitely near Melrose and Boulderidge, SMFD said. Motorists were asked to avoid the area. as of 10 p.m., hazmat crews were still on the scene cleaning up the fuel, the SDSO said.

No other information was available.

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