Saturday, October 15, 2022

Boeing N2S-5 Kaydet A75N1 (PT-17), N42PT: Accident occurred October 15, 2022 at Petaluma Municipal Airport (O69), Sonoma County, California


For Immediate Release                                                                                      Saturday, October 15, 2022
Issued By:
Sergeant Paul Gilman, Petaluma PD, 707.778.4372
Incident:  Non-Injury Plane Crash at Petaluma Airport
Report Number: 22-4456
Occurred Date:  October 15, 2022
Occurred Time: 2:39 p.m.
Location:  Petaluma Municipal Airport  
Incident Summary
On Saturday, October 15, 2022, at approximately 2:40PM, personnel from the Petaluma Police Department and Petaluma Fire Department were dispatched to the Petaluma Airport for a report of a plane crash. Officers and Fire personnel arrived on scene to find the pilot was out of the airplane and uninjured in the incident.
The pilot told officers that his plane was altered by a gust of wind just prior to landing. He made a correction before the plane bounced, turned off the runway, struck a concrete housing, and a tetrahedron housing the wind speed and direction indicator, or "wind sock" and flipping the 1942 Stearman biplane on to it’s top. The pilot was properly using his safety equipment and thankfully he was uninjured.
NTSB and the FAA worked in coordination with Petaluma PD, Fire, and Airport Employees to collect information and record the incident.  
Media inquiries maybe directed to Lieutenant Glaviano at or phone 707-778-4372. PPD Case 22-4456. 

A biplane pilot was uninjured Saturday afternoon after a wind gust caused the aircraft to flip as it taxied on a runway at Petaluma Municipal Airport.

Petaluma Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Weaver said the pilot had landed at about 2:30 p.m. The pilot was attempting to maneuver the plane when wind blew it off the runway and it flipped over.

The pilot, the only one in the aircraft, managed to get out of the plane. Petaluma Fire Department crews worked to stop gasoline that was leaking from the plane

The plane, with yellow wings and blue fuselage, was still sitting upside-down on the runway more than two hours later.

The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, Weaver said.

In a news release, he said removal of the aircraft is pending and will be completed as soon as possible. Estimated damages depend on completion of the investigation and removal of the plane, Weaver said.

Several agencies responded in addition to Petaluma Fire, including the Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District and the Petaluma Police Department.


  1. Ah yes...that pesky "gust of wind" doing its dirty work again...causing problems for a poor, unsuspecting pilot.

    1. Uh huh. How much time do you have in a PT-17?

  2. I learned to fly at WWII ex Army Air Corp airport that used Steermans to teach new pilots . Rumors indicated on windy days with cross winds many pilots ground looped on landing . Landing gear is very narrow .

  3. Yeah those "pesky" winds sneakily went under the empennage where the elevator was in a full up position as you always taxi a tail dragger to prevent the wind from flipping it over.