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Flight nurse identified as one of the victims killed in El Cajon jet crash



EL CAJON, Calif. – One of the 4 victims in Monday’s lethal aircraft crash in unincorporated El Cajon has been discovered as the wife of a not too long ago retired nearby fire formal, according to the union representing Oceanside firefighters.

The victim, Tina Ward, was operating as a flight nurse aboard the Learjet 35A plane that crashed about 7:15 p.m. Monday around the 1200 block of Pepper Drive and North Mollison Avenue in the Bostonia community, an Instagram submit by the Oceanside Firefighters Affiliation 3736 displays.

Her identification was confirmed late Tuesday by a battalion chief in the Oceanside Fire Department.

“We are shocked and saddened by this devastating information and are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers for the duration of this challenging time,” the union mentioned in its article.


Ward, who was married to retired Oceanside Hearth Deputy Chief Joe Ward, is the initial individual from the crash to be publicly determined. The San Diego County Professional medical Examiner has not named Ward or the other 3 victims for the reason that the business was “operating on (figuring out) the deceased” just before notifying family members, the office’s web site reveals.

It is not promptly clear when the other victims of the crash will be determined by neighborhood authorities.

Investigators say there were being no survivors from the aircraft that took off Monday evening from John Wayne Airport in Orange County with Gillespie Area being its meant spot. Nobody on the ground was damage in the crash, though one particular home was ruined and debris in the beginning knocked out electrical power to a lot more than 2,500 San Diego Gas & Electric powered prospects.


The plane crashed roughly 1.4 miles from the approach finish of the runway at Gillespie, the Nationwide Transportation Basic safety Board stated in an original report released Tuesday.

Crews from the NTSB hope to be in the El Cajon region for a few days to document the internet site with a single region of emphasis remaining to recuperate the cockpit voice recorder from the aircraft. If there is usable audio with it, officers will produce a transcript of the recording to study far more about the plane’s ultimate times.

All those who witnessed the crash or have related information to the investigation had been questioned Tuesday to make contact with investigators by email at

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