Around 3:00 p.m., beachgoers in Carlsbad who were enjoying their day suddenly started to run in horror after a small plane lost control and started falling from the sky directly toward the beach. The single-engine Piper PA18 banner-towing plane had lost engine power and started to free-fall from the sky stated CHP officials and FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor.
The 23-year-old pilot was the only soul aboard the plane and was completely safe and uninjured. The plane was overturned and partially buried in the sand, CHP officials reported that a young boy was injured by falling debris or clipped by the plane and was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital.
The owner of the plane Jim Oakley stated that the pilot has 700 hours of training and is registered to Air Ads Inc. “This airplane, I inspected no more than last week,” said Jim Oakley, the plane’s owner. “Changed the oil. Everything was perfect, flew yesterday, everything was fine.”
So far no other injuries have been reported officials say. Investigators and cleanup crews worked on the crash site to grasp a better understanding of what caused the plane’s engine to fail. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in the San Diego area, contact the dedicated attorneys at Guldjian Law today. To learn more on how our attorneys can help you, click here.