Mon, Oct 29, 2007
Plane Sinks Near San Mateo, CA Bridge
A father and son escaped serious
injury after ditching their aircraft into the bay just south of the
San Mateo Bridge in California Saturday morning, according to
The men took off from the San Carlos Airport (SQL) and were
headed for Hayward (HWD) when their Beechcraft went down at about
Chet McConville, a battalion chief with the San Carlos-Belmont
Fire Department said the pilot stated that the engine lost power
and couldn't be restarted. Officials said the plane hit the water
"He described it as a belly landing," McConville said. The two
men stood on the wing of the Beechcraft A35 Bonanza until the plane
submerged, and then swam to shore.
They were met at the shore by San Carlos-Belmont fire department
officials and driven back to San Carlos airport, and declined
medical services. The men were a father and son, but officials
refused to release their names.
Witnesses reported the water landing, several boats and a jet
ski from the Redwood City and Menlo Park fire departments were
dispatched, along with a Coast Guard helicopter.
A small California Department of Fish and Game boat that
happened to be in the area picked the men up, said McConville."The
plane had sunk," McConville said. "With all the factors involved,
they were very lucky."
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