Small Plane Crash in El Cajon

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

By Joe Nelson

Editor’s Note:

Although I write for Santee Style, I wanted to share this story as I do spend time in El Cajon at my dad’s house.


Sunday afternoon Santee Style received a report of a downed airplane in the El Cajon area. As I was only a few blocks away I reported to the scene. On Second Street and El Rey Avenue there was a small aircraft in the center lanes of Second Street.

The Pilot and his passenger were able to climb out of the airplane and refused treatment on the scene.

A power line was clipped on the way down and there was a fuel leak.

Here are some photos from the crash. Photo credit: Katelyn Nelson – Photographer Santee Style