Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lancair IV-P, N438Y: Fatal accident occurred April 02, 2016 in Fallbrook, California

DENNIS HOGGE: http://registry.faa.gov/N438Y

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA San Diego FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: WPR16FA09
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 02, 2016 in Fallbrook, CA
Aircraft: NOKES MATTHEW LANCAIR IV P, registration: N438Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 5 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 2, 2016, about 0915 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Nokes Matthew Lancair IV P, N438Y, collided with a parked car on the shoulder of Interstate 15 near Fallbrook, California. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries; one occupant of the car sustained fatal injuries, and the other three occupants sustained serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal flight departed Gillespie Field (SEE), San Diego, California, about 0900; the destination has not yet been established. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

Witnesses observed the airplane approaching the freeway, and noted that the engine sound was quiet.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) and inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examined the site. The first identified point of contact (FIPC) was a 12-foot-long ground scar with blue paint transfer marks from the belly of the airplane. About 10 feet after the ground scar was a series of propeller strike marks perpendicular to the flight path. Between the fourth and fifth strike marks (about 11 feet), another ground scar with blue paint transfer marks started. This ground scar was continuous to the wreckage.The nose of the airplane collided with the left rear portion of the trunk at an angle from the left to right, and intruded into the right back seat area of the parked car. The airplane pushed the car off the freeway shoulder and into the adjacent dirt area. The airplane's three-bladed propeller and engine remained enmeshed with the car.

Investigators established control continuity for the ailerons, elevators, and rudder.

The airplane was removed to a secure location for further examination.



SAN DIEGO - A man who survived after a plane crashed into his car on I-15 says he is prepared to file a lawsuit after the full investigation is complete.

Jason Soule stood in his living room holding the shattered derby helmet that once protected his head.

"It's a symbol of that day," he said.

The helmet is now in pieces from the plane crash on the I-15 Freeway in Fallbrook, like many aspects of Soule's life.

"The next thing I know, I'm sitting on the dirt in front of the car like 'holy crap is that an airplane sticking out of the car?'"

The crash killed 38-year-old Antoinette Isbell. The group of four roller derby skaters were headed to LA to compete on April 2.

"In the trauma center they opened me up and put two plates and 14 screws on my scapula," he said.

Soule spent the weekend in surgery.

Soule is a scuba diver. He makes a living doing mechanical maintenance on yachts. He needs his shoulder to get back to normal, so he can get back in the water.
 
"I'm not sure how it is going to affect me or if I'm ever going to be the same," he said tearfully.

His lawyer is prepared to file a lawsuit when investigators point a finger, but in the meantime he's pulling from retirement funds and counting on a GoFundMe account.

Although the pilot Dennis Hogge has no insurance or registration, none of this has hardened Soule's heart.
 
"I don't like to hold hate in my heart," he said.


Story and video:  http://www.10news.com





Three of the five victims whose car was struck by a small aircraft said they’re struggling with mounting medical bills because the pilot was uninsured and his plane was not registered or properly inspected for years. 

One person died and five were hurt on April 3 when a single-engine, two-seat Lancair IV crashed into a car on Interstate 15 near State Route 76.

Attorneys for both the survivors and the pilot confirm that the pilot is uninsured.

“Disbelief. I’m not going to lie. It makes me angry someone can do that,” said Emily Boesmiller-Hoch, one of the people in the car.

“I don’t know if there’s the airport of FAA or somebody who needs to be regulating who’s flying around in the air,” said Jason Soule, another survivor.

FAA documents provided by the survivors’ attorney, Christian Hulburt, show that in 2013, the FAA notified Dennis Hooge his plane’s registration was about to expire. In 2014, the FAA sent him another letter saying it expired and “the airworthiness certificates no longer support the operation of the aircraft.”

“This has been one of the most disturbing cases,” said Hulburt.” Because it’s such an obvious case of clear liability, catastrophic injuries and irresponsible behavior and apparently nothing that anyone can do about it."

Hulburt said he also tried filing a claim with the victims’ uninsured driver insurances, but it was rejected.

NBC 7 spoke to the pilot’s attorney, Michael McCabe. He said the lack of insurance and registration was an oversight by his client. He said he's in the process of locating a crash witness who saw the car pull over to the side of the road. McCabe said the car on the shoulder was to blame for the accident. That's a statement the victims’ attorney said is inaccurate.

“When people are irresponsible, they need to be held accountable for what they did,” said Aaron McCann who also survived the crash.

Soule said he risks being evicted from his home because he’s unable to work and get financial support from the pilot’s insurance. A GoFundMe page has been created to help him.

The NTSB is still investigating what caused the plane to malfunction.


Story and video: http://www.nbcsandiego.com



SAN DIEGO - Friends of Antoinette Frances Isbelle, 38, said it’s still unimaginable she’s gone.


Isbelle died Saturday after a plane crashed into a car she was riding in on the I-15 freeway near Fallbrook.


“All of us friends just keep saying, we can't believe it,” said Shane Zelm.


He said he’s been friends with Isbelle, who went by Toni, for almost 20 years. He said the thought of losing her has been unbearable.


“Just a surreal experience to think something like that could happen,” said Zelm.


Zelm said they bonded through music.


“Playing Deftones and Korn, they were favorite bands of hers, that's how our friendship really kind of really came together,” said Zelm.


But these days, Zelm said fun for Toni meant skating with the San Diego Roller Derby team.


“She made it from the B squad to the A squad,” said Zelm.


He said she joined the Starlettes team several years ago. Her nickname, Rockalicious.


“She's just a rocker, she's a rock and roll girl, so rockalicious describes a lot,” said Zelm.


But on Saturday, Toni, who was sitting in the back of a Nissan 4-door sedan, was crushed to death after a plane slammed into it on the I-15. Officials said the pilot did not have his landing gear down.


“She's going to be very missed,” said Zelm.


And as Zelm thinks back to their years of friendship, he said the outpouring of support has helped him and her family.


If you would like to donate to Toni's funeral service fund, click here.

Original article can be found here: http://www.10news.com



One person was crushed to death and five are injured after a small plane crashed into a car on a San Diego freeway, officials confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego. 

The single-engine, two-seat Lancair IV crashed into a car on Interstate 15 North near State Route 76 at approximately 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning, about 50 miles north of San Diego.

“One witness stated that they didn't hear the engine of the plane. Witnesses are saying without question the plane appeared to be having mechanical issues,” Chris Parent of CHP said.

The driver, identified as Aaron Meccann, had pulled over to sync his Bluetooth when the plane crash landed in the fourth lane of the freeway, sliding 250 feet and hitting the back of the Nissan, CHP authorities on scene said. CHP officials said there was no evidence landing gear was deployed and it appeared the plane had mechanical issues. 

Authorities on scene told NBC 7 San Diego that a 38-year-old woman, identified as Antoinette Frances Isbelle, was sitting in the back passenger seat and was crushed to death at impact. Meccann, 43, who had pulled over to sync his Bluetooth, was taken to Palomar Hospital with lacerations above his eye; a 45-year-old female sitting in the front left passenger seat was taken to Sharp Linda Vista; a 36-year-old man sitting in the back passenger seat was taken to Sharp Linda Vista Hospital.

The pilot, a 60-year-old man, suffered severe head trauma, CHP officials said; his injuries are considered life-threatening. He was taken to Palomar Hospital. The passenger in the plane, a woman in her 50s, suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Palomar Hospital.

Chris Saunders, a Palomar Hospital spokesman, said the extent of the victims' injuries and their conditions are unknown as they are in the ER. 

Crews worked to clean up a fuel leak from either the plane or car following the crash. 

Jacob Duncan was heading to work when he noticed a plane that appeared to be having trouble leveling out approaching the freeway.

“The plane touched down about 40 feet behind my car and it slid about another 40 feet,” Duncan recalled in an interview with NBC 7.

“One car was stopped on the shoulder,” he said. “It slammed right into the back of them.”

Duncan hopped out of his vehicle and with the help of other passersby tried to help the people in the aircraft and the vehicle.

Erika Uribe-Muñoz witnessed the crash and commented on NBC 7's Facebook page.

"We were on the opposite side of the freeway, we saw it as it was coming down to crash, pretty scary," she said.

Cyndi Young also saw the crash. "Was scary," she posted on our FB page. "Went right over our heads. Saw it hit the ground."

A Sig Alert was issued for the area as crews respond to the scene. Traffic quickly backed up in the area. 

Duncan said in hindsight, it was obvious the pilot didn’t have much control of the plane and was trying his best to avoid the vehicles on the road.

If the car hadn’t been stopped on the freeway, Duncan said, he thinks the crash would’ve been avoidable.

“The pilot really I believe was trying his best,” he said.

Isbelle was a member of the San Diego Roller Derby according to the 'Aftershocks.' The team posted condolences on their Facebook page Saturday saying: 

"We are hit very hard with the passing of Toni "Rockalicious" Isbelle. She was a great part of our family. Condolences to our sister league San Diego Roller Derby. Your big brothers will always be here for you for anything that you need. We love you Rockalicious!"

Original article can be found here: http://www.nbcsandiego.com


A small plane that slammed into a car after landing on Interstate 15 in Fallbrook on Saturday killed a San Diego roller derby skater sitting in the vehicle's back seat, authorities said.

The woman was identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Antoinette “Toni” Frances Isbelle, 38, of San Diego. Isbelle was a member of the Starlettes roller derby team under the nickname “Rockalishous.”

The Lancair IV-P, amateur-built experimental airplane, landed in the northbound slow lane of the freeway, about a mile north of state Route 76 at 9:15 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parent.

It skidded about 250 feet and plowed into the back of a 2015 Nissan Sentra carrying the roller derby skaters. Parent said the driver, Aaron Mccann, 42, of Escondido, had stopped on the shoulder to sync his Bluetooth when the plane struck the car.

Witnesses rushed to the wreckage to help victims.

“Witnesses said the plane was banking east of the freeway in apparent distress, then banked from the west as it headed north,” Parent said. He said one motorist reported not hearing the engine before the aircraft landed.

Greg Wilson of Fallbrook, a member of Palomar RC Flyers club, was among several people clearing weeds at a nearby model airplane airfield when the Lancair IV made a low pass overhead. Wilson said he suspected the pilot spotted or knew of the paved model runway and thought he could land there. But then the plane made a turn and descended to the freeway.

The pilot, Dennis Hogge, 62, of Jamul, suffered major facial injuries. His passenger, a woman in her 50s, suffered a large laceration on her neck and underwent surgery later in the day, Parent said. He did not know her name or relationship to Hogge.

Mccann suffered a cut over one eye. Jason Soule, 43, suffered a broken shoulder and Emily Boesmiller-Hoch, 36, had an injured leg, Parent said.

Mccann is a member of the Aftershocks, as “Rowdy Rodbuster,” and Soule skates as “Vanilla Gorilla,” according to their Facebook pages.

Hundreds of friends, fans and other derby skaters flocked to the San Diego Roller Derby’s Facebook page to mourn Isbelle’s death.

“Thank you to all our friends and family who have been so supportive today in the aftermath of the horrific accident that involved two of our league members and two of our brothers at San Diego Aftershocks,” the league posted. “We are still processing and grieving at this time and we thank you for your condolences.”

Mccann posted on his page: “I am so grateful for the derby community, and my friends that offered support. I truly wish today could just start over. It’s a sad day and I’m just working on processing it all.”

The Lancair is a four-seat, homebuilt plane. Production was stopped on the IV model kits in 2012.

Hogge is the plane’s registered owner, although Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane’s registration had expired. He was certified in 1991 as a repairman and builder of experimental aircraft and received his private pilot’s license in 2010, records show.

“He’s a master craftsman,” said Matt Nokes, 53, of Cardiff, who has known Hogge for more than a dozen years.

Nokes, a former Major League Baseball player, owned the Lancair IV before Hogge did, and Hogge later brokered the deal when Nokes sold it to a company.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.latimes.com




FALLBROOK — A small plane landed on northbound Interstate 15 in Fallbrook Saturday morning and slammed into the back of a car carrying San Diego roller derby members, killing a woman in the back seat, authorities said.

She was identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Antoinette “Toni” Frances Isbelle, 38, of San Diego. Isbelle was a member of the Starlettes roller derby team under the nickname “Rockalishous.”

The plane, a single-engine blue and white Lancair IV, landed in the slow lane of the freeway, about a mile north of state Route 76 at 9:15 a.m, said California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parent.

It skidded about 250 feet and plowed into the back of a 2015 Nissan Sentra carrying the roller derby skaters. Parent said the driver, Aaron Mccann, 42, of Escondido, had stopped on the shoulder trying to sync his Bluetooth with his vehicle when the plane struck the car.

Witnesses rushed to the wreckage to help victims.

“Witnesses said the plane was banking east of the freeway in apparent distress, then banked from the west as it headed north,” Parent said. He said one motorist reported not hearing the engine before the aircraft landed.

Greg Wilson of Fallbrook, a member of Palomar RC Flyers club, was among several people clearing weeds at a nearby model airplane airfield when the Lancair IV made a low pass overhead. He suspects the pilot spotted or knew of the paved model runway and thought he could land there, Wilson said. But then the plane made a turn and descended to the freeway.

The Lancair’s pilot Dennis Hogge, 62, of Jamul, suffered major facial injuries. His passenger, a woman in her 50s, suffered a large laceration on her neck and underwent surgery later in the day, Parent said. He did not know her name or relationship to Hogge.

Mccann suffered a cut over one eye. Isbelle was in the back seat and took most of the force of the impact. San Diego residents Jason Soule, 43, suffered a broken shoulder and Emily Boesmiller-Hoch, 36, had an injured leg, Parent said.

Mccann is a member of the Aftershocks, as “Rowdy Rodbuster,” and Soule skates as “Vanilla Gorilla,” according to their Facebook pages.

Hundreds of friends, fans and other derby skaters flocked to the San Diego Roller Derby’s Facebook page to mourn Isbelle’s death.

“Thank you to all our friends and family who have been so supportive today in the aftermath of the horrific accident that involved two of our league members and two of our brothers at San Diego Aftershocks,” the league posted. “We are still processing and grieving at this time and we thank you for your condolences.”

Mccann posted on his page, “I am so grateful for the derby community, and my friends that offered support. I truly wish today could just start over. It’s a sad day and I’m just working on processing it all.”

The Lancair is a four-seater, homebuilt plane. Production was stopped on the IV model kits in 2012.

Hogge is the plane’s registered owner, although Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane’s registration had expired. He was certified in 1991 as a repairman and builder of experimental aircraft and received his private pilot’s license in 2010, records show.

“He’s a master craftsman,” said Matt Nokes, 53, of Cardiff, who has known Hogge for more than a dozen years.

Nokes, a former Major League Baseball player, owned the Lancair IV before Hogge did, and Hogge later brokered the deal when Nokes sold it to a company.

It’s not the first time this plane has made an emergency landing on I-15.

Nokes was piloting it in 2000 when he took it down onto southbound lanes in Rancho Bernardo because of a fuel-flow problem that caused the plane to lose power.

Nokes said he flew above freeway traffic at 120 mph, giving the cars behind the plane a chance to see him. Then he slowed the plane’s speed and landed smoothly, taxiing off the shoulder without blocking traffic.

It was his second flight in the high-performance, experimental aircraft, which was built for him by a professional. In an interview Saturday, Nokes said the engine manufacturer never figured out what went wrong but replaced the malfunctioning part.

San Diego police and California Highway Patrol officers escort a Lancair IV-P experimental airplane southbound on I-15 where it made emergency landing after developing engine trouble in 2000. The plane was piloted by Matt Nokes.


“It was beautiful, a work of art,” he said of the plane.

He said he flew it regularly, including to ballgames, and sold it in 2004 through Hogge, to a company. At some point it ended up sitting in the hot sun somewhere for years until many parts, including the wings and stabilizers, warped and had to be rebuilt or replaced, Nokes said. Hogge at some point acquired the plane.

Several lanes of the northbound freeway were closed for hours Saturday, tangling traffic for miles. Southbound traffic was also jammed due to curious onlookers, as well as Old Highway 395 that parallels the freeway.

The plane, partially in some bushes, was moved completely to the shoulder about 5 p.m., after federal aviation investigators surveyed the scene and the car was towed away. The plane will remain there until it can be towed to Arizona for the investigation being conducted by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - 6:20 p.m. - Officials have identified the victim killed in the deadly plane crash as 38-year-old Antoinette Isbelle of San Diego. The car that was crushed in the incident was pulled over to the side of the road so the driver could connect his Bluetooth device to his vehicle. 

The FAA has cleared the plane off of the Interstate 15, clearing significant delays on the northbound freeway lanes that lasted for hours. 

3:35 p.m. - The pilot of the plane has been identified as 62-year-old Dennis Hogge of Jamul, CA. 

1:20 p.m. - A single-engine Lancair IV aircraft crashed into a 4-door Nissan pulled over to the shoulder, skidding approximately 250' across the northbound Interstate 15 before crushing and killing a 38-year-old woman in the rear right passenger seat. Three other passengers in the car suffered injuries, though none were considered potentially fatal. 

The 60-year-old pilot was transported to Palomar Hospital with life-threatening injuries described as severe head trauma. The 50-year-old passenger in the plane with him was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Firefighters extricated a 45-year-old woman who was riding in the front passenger seat of the car. The 42-year-old driver and 36-year-old passenger in the left rear seat did not need extrication, according to North County Fire spokesman John Buchanan. Fire responders also contained a fuel leak before it caught fire. 

11:25 a.m. - The person killed in the plane crash was a female seated in the backseat of the rear passenger side of the vehicle that was struck, approximately 20-to-30 years of age, according to the CHP. The pilot of the plane — identified as a 60-year-old male — suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to Palomar Hospital, according to North County Fire spokesman John Buchanan. 

None of the other injuries sustained were considered life-threatening, according to officials. 

A witness on the scene indicated he did not hear the plane's engine as it descended, the CHP said, though details remain unconfirmed until the Federal Aviation Administration conducts a full investigation. 

10:54 a.m. - A small plane crashed into a car on Interstate 15 Saturday morning in Pala Mesa, killing one person and leaving five others hospitalized, authorities said. One person, who was in the car that was struck, was pronounced dead on scene, according to spokesman John Buchanan. 

California Highway Patrol received a call at 9:15 a.m. from a motorist who witnessed the plane landing on northbound I-15, near State Route 76, the CHP reported. 

Eight North County Fire Protection District units were sent to the scene, Motorists are warned to avoid the area since officials expect long-term traffic problems in both directions while authorities investigate the scene, Buchanan said. Federal Aviation Administration officials have asked first responders to leave the crashed plane untouched so they can conduct their own investigation of the incident. 

Original article can be found here:  http://www.kusi.com



FALLBROOK, Calif. -- A small plane crashed into a car parked on the shoulder of Interstate 15 in the Pala Mesa area of North County this morning, killing a woman and sending five others to local hospitals, authorities said.

The North County Fire Protection District transported five patients, three to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and two to Sharp Memorial in Kearny Mesa. Antoinette Frances Isbelle, 38, of San Diego County, was a passenger in the right rear seat of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene, spokesman John Buchanan said.

The four occupants of the car were local roller derby athletes on their way to a match in San Fernando Valley. Isbelle was a member of San Diego Roller Derby.

The pilot of the Lancair IV, single-engine low-wing plane was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries described as severe trauma to his head.

He was identified by a CHP spokesman as Dennis Hogge, 62, of Jamul. His 50-year-old female passenger was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and underwent surgery this afternoon.

A motorist called the California Highway Patrol at 9:15 a.m. and reported witnessing a plane landing on northbound I-15, just south of State Route 76, the CHP reported.

The Nissan 4-door sedan was parked on the shoulder of the freeway so the driver could sync his Bluetooth with the car, Buchanan said. The plane skidded along the slow lane of the freeway for about 250 feet before crashing into the rear of the car, crushing Isbelle in the back seat.

It took firefighters about 25 minutes to extricate the 45-year-old woman who was riding in the front passenger seat of the car. The 42-year-old male driver and 36-year-old male passenger in the left rear seat did not require extrication, according to Buchanan.

Firefighters were able to contain a fuel leak before it caught fire since they arrived on scene from their station located less than a mile from the crash, Buchanan said.

“It's amazing that there weren't more injuries,'' he said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials told first responders not to move the plane until they arrived to begin their investigation. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, according to Ian Gregor, public affairs manager of the FAA's Pacific Division.

A large number of people witnessed the crash, Buchanan said. Many of them reported not hearing anything that would indicate engine trouble, but said the way the plane was banking to the east, then to the west before hitting the ground indicated it was in some kind of trouble.

The Lancair IV is a homebuilt propjet aircraft with retracting landing gear that seats four including the pilot, and ceased production in 2012. It appeared from the crash scene that the landing gear had not been deployed, according to an official. FAA records indicate the aircraft was categorized as experimental and was amateur built and that its FAA registry had expired.

Three lanes on the northbound side of the freeway remained open, but the CHP issued a SigAlert for the area, warning motorists to stay away as traffic problems were expected to last for hours. Traffic on I-15 was backed up for miles in both directions and surface streets in the area were also clogged.

The slow lane was expected to remain closed until investigators could remove the plane and car wreckage, according to CHP spokesman Chris Parent. The NTSB had arrived on scene by late afternoon and was in the process of removing the plane, Parent said.

All lanes were expected to be re-opened by early evening.

Story and video: http://fox5sandiego.com








A small plane crashed into a car parked on the shoulder of Interstate 15 in the Pala Mesa area of North County Saturday morning, killing one person and sending five others to local hospitals, authorities said.


The North County Fire Protection District transported five patients, three to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and two to Sharp Memorial in Kearny Mesa. A woman who was a passenger in the right rear seat of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, spokesman John Buchanan said. She was 38 but has not yet been identified by name.


The driver of the car was identified as Aaron Meccann, 42, or Escondido. The front-seat passenger was identified as Jason Soule, 43, of San Diego.


The pilot of the  Lancair IV-P, amateur-built experimental airplane, 62-year old Dennis Hogge, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries described as severe trauma to his head. The 50-year-old woman who was his passenger was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.


A motorist called the California Highway Patrol at 9:15 a.m. and reported witnessing a plane landing on northbound I-15, just south of State Route 76, the CHP reported.


The Nissan 4-door sedan was parked on the shoulder of the freeway, Buchanan said. The plane skidded along the slow lane of the freeway for about 150 feet before crashing into the rear of the car, crushing the woman in the back seat.


It took firefighters about 25 minutes to extricate the woman in her 30s who was riding in the left rear passenger seat of the car. 


Firefighters were able to contain a fuel leak before it caught fire since they arrived on scene from their station located less than a mile from the crash, Buchanan said.


"It's amazing that there weren't more injuries," Buchanan said.


Federal Aviation Administration officials told first responders not to move the plane until they arrived to begin their investigation.


The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, according to Ian Gregor, public affairs manager of the FAA's Pacific Division.


A large number of people witnessed the crash, Buchanan said. Many of them reported hearing a sputtering engine before the plane went down.


John Marshall was driving on the I-15 when he saw the plane go down.


He pulled over, got out of his car, and ran to help those injured.


Marshall said there was a pilot and female passenger inside the plane. He and a couple other people tried to get the plane door open, but it was jammed.


Marshall got a hammer from his tool box in his car and "busted out the window" to help the pilot.


The two left lanes on the northbound side of the freeway remained open, but the CHP issued a SigAlert for the area at 10:30 a.m., warning motorists to stay away as traffic problems were expected to last for hours.



Original article can be found here:   http://www.10news.com









A small plane crashed into a car parked on the shoulder of Interstate 15 in the Pala Mesa area of North County Saturday morning, killing a 38-year-old woman and sending five others to local hospitals, authorities said.


The North County Fire Protection District transported five patients, three to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and two to Sharp Memorial in Kearny Mesa.


Antoinette Frances Isbelle, 38, who was a passenger in the right rear seat of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, spokesman John Buchanan said.


The driver of the car was identified as Aaron Meccann, 42, or Escondido. The front-seat passenger was identified as Jason Soule, 43, of San Diego.


The pilot of the Lancair IV, single-engine low-wing plane, 62-year old Dennis Hogge, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries described as severe trauma to his head. The 50-year-old woman who was his passenger was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.


A motorist called the California Highway Patrol at 9:15 a.m. and reported witnessing a plane landing on northbound I-15, just south of State Route 76, the CHP reported.


The Nissan 4-door sedan was parked on the shoulder of the freeway, Buchanan said. The plane skidded along the slow lane of the freeway for about 150 feet before crashing into the rear of the car, crushing the woman in the back seat.


It took firefighters about 25 minutes to extricate the woman in her 30s who was riding in the left rear passenger seat of the car. 


Firefighters were able to contain a fuel leak before it caught fire since they arrived on scene from their station located less than a mile from the crash, Buchanan said.


"It's amazing that there weren't more injuries," Buchanan said.


Federal Aviation Administration officials told first responders not to move the plane until they arrived to begin their investigation.


The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, according to Ian Gregor, public affairs manager of the FAA's Pacific Division.


A large number of people witnessed the crash, Buchanan said. Many of them reported hearing a sputtering engine before the plane went down.


John Marshall was driving on the I-15 when he saw the plane go down.


He pulled over, got out of his car, and ran to help those injured.


Marshall said there was a pilot and female passenger inside the plane. He and a couple other people tried to get the plane door open, but it was jammed.


Marshall got a hammer from his tool box in his car and "busted out the window" to help the pilot.


The two left lanes on the northbound side of the freeway remained open, but the CHP issued a SigAlert for the area at 10:30 a.m., warning motorists to stay away as traffic problems were expected to last for hours.


Original article can be found here: http://www.10news.com













UPDATE: Sunday, April 3, 8 a.m.

The victim who died in as a result of the plane crash that occurred Saturday, April 15 at 9:15 a.m. on Interstate 15 has been identified as Antoinette Isbelle, 38, of San Diego.  The relationship between Isbelle and the other three in the car is unknown at this time.

Isbelle was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle that had pulled over to sync their phone to a wireless device. According to a San Diego County Coroner’s press release, she “was the rear seat passenger in a sedan that was stopped on the right shoulder of the ISR 15, N. of Old Hwy 395.

According to a San Diego County Coroner’s press release, she “was the rear seat passenger in a sedan that was stopped on the right shoulder of the ISR 15, N. of Old Hwy 395,” when the plane which had experienced engine trouble and attempted to land on northbound Interstate 15, skidded approximately 250 feet, smashing into the rear of the car.

“The plane landed, hopped, and skipped before striking the rear, right side of the vehicle,” North County Fire Public Information Officer John Buchanan said. “The impact caused the trunk area of the vehicle to be pushed up into the passenger area and killed the passenger riding in the rear, right-side passenger seat.”

Isbelle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five others were injured in the accident, including the pilot, Dennis Hogge, 62, of Jamul, who received life-threatening injuries described as severe trauma to his head. His 50-year-old female passenger was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery Saturday afternoon.

Also injured were the unidentified driver of the Nissan and two other passengers, also unidentified.

“The driver of the passenger vehicle, a 42-year-old male was also taken to Palomar with non-life-threatening injuries,” said Buchanan. “Two passengers in the vehicle, a 45-year-old male, and a 36-year-old female were taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

The FAA is investigating the crash.

UPDATE: Saturday, April 2

FALLBROOK – A small, private aircraft Lancair IV, single-engine low-wing plane, made an emergency landing onto northbound Interstate 15 in Fallbrook this morning, killing a woman and injuring five other individuals.

The crash occurred Sat., April 2, at approximately 9:15 a.m. on the freeway just north of State Route 76, forcing the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig Alert due to heavy congestion throughout the area.

The pilot was identified by a CHP spokesman as Dennis Hogge, 62, of Jamul.

According to North County Fire public information officer John Buchanan, the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in the number four lane of the northbound side of the freeway but struck a vehicle in the process. The downed plane ended up on the right side of the roadway, in the number three and four lanes of traffic.

“There was a passenger vehicle, a Nissan 4-door sedan, that had pulled over on the (east) shoulder of the freeway and the occupants were trying to sync their phone to a wireless device,” said Buchanan.

The plane landed, hopped, and skipped before striking the rear, right side of the vehicle,” he said. “

The impact caused the trunk area of the vehicle to be pushed up into the passenger area and killed the passenger riding in the rear, right-side passenger seat.” The fatally injured female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, spokesman John Buchanan said. Her identity was not released, but she was believed to be a 38-year-old San Diego resident.

Buchanan said in addition to the fatality, five people were injured in the incident.

The pilot was taken to Palomar Medical Center with life-threatening injuries described as severe trauma to his head. His 50-year-old female passenger was hospitalized with non-life- threatening injuries and underwent surgery this afternoon.

“The driver of the passenger vehicle, a 42-year-old male was also taken to Palomar with non-life-threatening injuries,” said Buchanan. “Two passengers in the vehicle, a 45-year-old male and a 36-year-old female were taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

It took firefighters about 25 minutes to extricate the 45-year-old woman who was riding in the front passenger seat of the car. The 42-year-old male driver and 36-year-old male passenger in the left rear seat did not require extrication, according to Buchanan.Firefighters were able to contain a fuel leak before it caught fire since they arrived on

Firefighters were able to contain a fuel leak before it caught fire since they arrived on scene from their station located less than a mile from the crash, Buchanan said.The incident brought a flood of 911 calls to CHP emergency communications dispatchers from motorists and witnesses who saw the aircraft emergency.

The incident brought a flood of 911 calls to CHP emergency communications dispatchers from motorists and witnesses who saw the aircraft emergency.

“It’s amazing that there weren’t more injuries,” he said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials told first responders not to move the plane until they arrived to begin their investigation. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NASB) will investigate, according to Ian Gregor, public affairs manager of the FAA’s Pacific Division.A large number of people witnessed the crash, Buchanan said. Many of them reported not hearing anything that would indicate engine

A large number of people witnessed the crash, Buchanan said. Many of them reported not hearing anything that would indicate engine trouble but said the way the plane was banking to the east, then to the west before hitting the ground indicated it was in some kind of trouble.

The Lancair IV is a homebuilt propjet aircraft with retracting landing gear that seats four including the pilot and ceased production in 2012. It appeared from the crash scene that the landing gear had not been deployed, according to an official.

Three lanes on the northbound side of the freeway remained open, but the CHP issued a SigAlert for the area, warning motorists to stay away as traffic problems were expected to last for hours. Traffic on I-15 was backed up for miles in both directions and surface streets in the area were also clogged.

The slow lane was expected to remain closed until investigators could remove the plane and car wreckage, according to CHP spokesman Chris Parent. The NTSB was expected to arrive on scene by late afternoon and remove the plane, Parent said.

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FALLBROOK –  A plane crash onto Interstate 15 freeway just north of Interstate 76, has forced the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig Alert and caused major traffic congestion throughout the area. The emergency landing brought a flood of 911 calls to CHP emergency communications dispatchers from motorists and witnesses who saw the aircraft emergency Saturday, April 2.

The CHP incident log is reporting that multiple callers reported seeing the plane crash into at least one vehicle at about 9:15 a.m., when it attempted to make an emergency landing onto the northbound lanes of traffic on the freeway. Initial reports say two people were in the plane, which was described as a small, white and blue jet and four people were in the vehicle the plane struck. The condition of those involved the accident is unknown at this time, though initial reports say one person died in the crash.

After crashing into the vehicle on the freeway, the downed plane ended up on the right side of the roadway, in the number three and four lanes of traffic. 

According to CHP officials, the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and officials are responding to the location to conduct an accident investigation. FAA officials have requested the plane not be moved from its current location on the freeway until their arrival. 

As of 10:35 a.m., traffic on the southbound lanes of traffic is slow and heavy, as motorists slow to see the downed aircraft. The number one and two lanes of northbound traffic are moving slow, however, the number three and four lanes of traffic have been diverted and funneled down to just two lanes.

Early details:

One person was killed and five injured at about 9:15 a.m. this morning as a private aircraft crash landed onto I-15 Northbound between SR 76 and Pala Mesa Dr. in Fallbrook.

According to North County Fire, the plane hit a vehicle in the rear and killed one person in the vehicle. There are five other people in the incident and they’ve all been transported to medical facilities.

The Northbound 15 is still reduced to one lane of travel. Anyone traveling northbound on I-15 should find an alternate route.

Original article can be found here:  http://myvalleynews.com

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A memorial will be held Monday night to remember a 38-year-old roller derby skater killed when a small plane crashed into the car in which she was a passenger on Interstate 15 in the Fallbrook area over the weekend.

Antoinette Frances Isbelle, a Starlettes team member who skated as "Rockalishous," was in the backseat of a Nissan sedan that was struck by the troubled Lancair IV single-engine plane as it was attempting to land alongside the freeway near Old Highway 395 Saturday morning. The car's driver had momentarily pulled to the roadside to sync a Bluetooth device, authorities said.

Three other local roller derby skaters were injured in the crash, along with the plane's 62-year-old pilot and 50-year-old passenger.

The San Diego Roller Derby identified the three skaters involved in the accident using their nicknames Rowdy Rodbuster, Vanilla Gorilla and Witchy
Wife. Tonight's event at Skateworld San Diego in Linda Vista will also raise money to help in their recoveries.

"In the aftermath of the tragic accident involving members of our San Diego roller derby community, we want to honor our fallen teammate and support our injured derby family during this difficult time," roller derby officials said in a statement.
   
Several people who witnessed the crash told investigators they didn't hear anything that would indicate engine trouble, but the way the plane had banked was a sign of trouble, according to fire officials. It's landing gear had apparently not been deployed.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launches an investigation into the plane crash. A preliminary report is expected this week, but it could take authorities up to a year to complete their investigation, according to NTSB spokesman Terry Williams.

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