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Small plane crashes in El Cajon; 79-year-old pilot survives with arm injuries.

June 2, 2010 | 12:01 pm

A small plane crashed just minutes after taking off Wednesday morning from Gillespie Field in El Cajon, officials said. The pilot, the only occupant, survived but was taken to a hospital with injuries to both arms.

The plane struck power and San Diego trolley wires before crashing near the west end of the runway. No other injuries or damage on the ground were reported in the incident, reported at 10:40 a.m.

The pilot, described by officials as a 79-year-old man from Del Mar, was initially trapped inside the plane, which landed upside down. The plane was based at Gillespie Field and used for instruction and rentals.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego