One Dead After Overnight Plane Crash On Mt. Diablo (AUDIO)

February 9, 2019 17:42 pm · 14 comments


The pilot of a small plane that took off from Hayward Executive Airport is dead after his aircraft crashed and burned on Mt. Diablo Friday night, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Saturday.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said a single-engine Mooney M20 aircraft crashed into a hillside two miles southwest of the peak of Mt. Diablo near Summit Road at an unknown time Friday night.

The pilot was flying from Hayward to Lincoln, in Placer County.

On Saturday, a family member of the pilot reported the aircraft was overdue after it had not landed as scheduled.

The wreckage was spotted about 2:30 p.m. today.

The name of the pilot was not made public as of late Saturday afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the subsequent investigation. Gregor said it typically takes the NTSB a year or more to determine a probable cause of an accident.

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Mike February 9, 2019 at 7:45 PM

He also had 2 dogs in the plane with him. The airport advised him not to fly due to the weather conditions, but he flew anyway. Very sad 🙁

PH Dad February 9, 2019 at 9:51 PM

Sad. Controlled flight into terrain.

Silly February 9, 2019 at 8:19 PM

Poor dogs.

White boy February 9, 2019 at 10:45 PM

How important was it to fly in those conditions

Foonman February 10, 2019 at 9:55 AM

Many years ago a private pilot told me the first rule for flying. ” Don’t plan to fly somewhere on a certain day.” Check weather first, then the airport, then the plane, then everything you can think of! Mother nature can be cruel and she’s in charge.

Ricardoh February 10, 2019 at 12:48 PM

Was this guy instrument rated. Was not a VFR day. Should have known where Mt Diablo was and its elevation. Had a nice airplane, too bad.

Anon February 10, 2019 at 12:56 PM

Where’s the regulations? I wouldn’t even be able to drive to the Summit of Mt Diablo due to weather conditions.
It’s sad that these planes are equipped with parachutes, may have saved his life.

Finally, my limited experience when using single engine RC planes……You cannot even fly those in anything but perfect weather. You need a more powerful ducted fan type of craft. RIP.

Ricardoh February 10, 2019 at 1:57 PM

If you fly into a mountain a parachute is useless. The only thing a parachute on an airplane is good for is if a wing came off or control cables broke. RC airplanes are not small aircraft, not even close. As usual it wasn’t the plane it was poor decisions on the part of the pilot.

Cowellian February 10, 2019 at 2:47 PM

He’d have to be nuts to jump out of a plane in that kind of weather.

Ricardoh February 10, 2019 at 7:02 PM

Cowellian I think we mean a parachute attach to the airplane not person.

Jojo Potato February 10, 2019 at 1:04 PM

Or to put it another way. Taking off is optional, landing isn’t.

Anon February 10, 2019 at 2:34 PM

NOWHERE does it say that he “Flew into” the side of the Mountain. Could have Easily been mechanical failure.
In that case a Ballistic parachute could have saved his life.

And once again: Single engine planes like these in those conditions are like paddle boats in the Ocean.

S February 10, 2019 at 2:51 PM

…nor does it say that in any of these posts…. some posts do say “If” and “When” as a discussion of the parachute issue.

Maybe like DVC Student; a reading comprehension course would serve you well.

Kirkwood February 10, 2019 at 5:24 PM

Many pilots suffer from a chronic disease called “get home-itus”. Some are more able to resist it than others.

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