Pilot of plane that crash-landed on Carlsbad beach praised
EL CAJON, Calif. — One flight instructor at a Gillespie Field flight school said the pilot of the small plane that landed on Carlsbad State Beach did the right thing.
The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to determine the cause of the accident, but video shows the plane’s propeller not moving, indicating the engine stopped working.
“When it does fail, we train pilots how to react, what to look for. As far as a landing site and everything involved in making a safe landing, you’re looking for something long and something buyable, a surface to land on…entire beach is not adequate, it’s usually soft. You would try to get to a point where the sand is compacted by the water,” said Steve Mason, a flight instructor with Golden State Flying Club.
Mason said the pilot, who has not been identified, had no way of warning beachgoers, who had no way to hear the plane because its engine had cut off.