Accident occurred Saturday, December 20, 2014 in San Rafael, CA
Aircraft: FERDON THORP T 18, registration: N25VP
NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
Highest Injury: None
AIRCRAFT ON A TAKEOFF, WENT OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY AND FLIPPED OVER, SAN RAFAEL, CA
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oakland FSDO-27
The unidentified pilot of this plane was able to walk away from the crash from the end of the runway at the San Rafael Airport on Saturday.
(Courtesy San Rafael Fire Department)
A small plane flipped upside-down, crashing into the ground near a San Rafael Airport runway after a failed takeoff Saturday afternoon.
The pilot, who was the only person in the plane, had minor injuries but refused treatment, said Jeff Rowan, battalion chief at the San Rafael Fire Department.
There was no fuel leaking or fire, but “I would say it looked like major damage to the plane,” Rowan said. “It looked like, taking off from the airport, he didn’t get enough lift and flipped over his plane just off the edge of the runway.”
The plane was a Thorp T-18, which Rowan described as a small experimental plane. The department got a call about the crash at the airport on Smith Ranch Road at 12:43 p.m.
SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — A small-engine plane crashed as it was taking off from the San Rafael Airport Saturday afternoon, a fire chief said.
The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. at the private airport located at 400 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael fire Chief Chris Gray said.
The red single-engine plane flipped over but the pilot was not injured in the accident, Gray said.
Besides the pilot, no one else was inside the plane, he said.
The accident did not spark a fire and no fuel leaked from the plane, according to Gray.
As of about 1:10 p.m., paramedics were assessing the at the scene, the fire chief said.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the crash, Gray said.
Gray did not know where the plane was heading to or any other additional information on the pilot.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Marinwood Fire Department also responded to the scene, Gray said.