Plane Impacts Ocean Shortly After Takeoff From CRQ
Two people perished, and a third was missing Sunday when their
Cessna 182 Skylane went down about a mile off the coast of
Carlsbad, CA in low-IFR conditions.
According to US Coast Guard spokesman, Officer Jeffrey Ventura,
a witness alerted the Coast Guard at 9:48 am. Searchers then
located a debris field and recovered two bodies, according to San
The bodies were identified as Sharon Kochert, 59, and her
25-year-old daughter Alexandria Meekcoms. They were recovered by
boaters less than a mile offshore, according to The Arizona
The search for Kochert's husband Leroy, 70, believed to be the
pilot, has been suspended, according to the Coast Guard.
The family was from Ahwatukee, AZ. Kochert's 182 is based at the
Chandler Municipal Airport, according to Greg Chenoweth, airport
The plane took off Sunday from McClellan-Palomar Airport at 9:45
am. Officials received reports of the plane going down three
minutes later after reporting "some sort of catastrophic problem,"
said Bill Polic, public affairs officer for the airport,
The plane crashed in the ocean about two to three miles from the
departure end of the runway.
Make/Model: C182 Description: 182,
Date: 04/29/2007 Time: 1645
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: CARLSBAD State: CA Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO THE OCEAN UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES,
PERSONS ON BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, CARLSBAD, CA
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 2 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: 00000KT 2 1/2 SM BR OVC005 15/13 A3002
Activity: Pleasure Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
Dep Date: Dep.
Flt Plan: IFR
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: SAN DIEGO, CA
Entry date: 04/30/2007