Open door might have contributed to Mesa man's San Diego plane crash

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A plane registered to a Mesa man crashed Monday outside of San Diego killing two members of his family.

According to the FAA a single-engine, home built Velocity airplane departed from Montgomery Field for Fullerton Municipal Airport around 12:45 p.m. and soon after departing radioed to the tower.

The pilot told the Montgomery tower that they had an open door and was going to try and return to the airport. Shortly after the tower lost radio contact.

The plane crashed on the nearby Admiral Baker Golf Course and was destroyed.

Five people were aboard the plane belonging to Gregory Crane, a Valley businessman.

A family member told 3TV off camera that Crane, his wife and three children were on board when the plane crashed.

Crane's wife died at the scene and their eight-year-old son dies at the hospital on Wednesday. Two other children and Gregory remain in critical condition at the scene.

Tom Little, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, says Thursday that the wreckage will be examined later this month. Little says among other things, investigators determine why the door was open and whether it hit the plane's rear engine.

The FAA and NTSB are continuing their investigation into the crash.