Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cessna 182A Skylane, N524BF, Thinking Cap Aviation LLC, San Jose Skydiving Center: Incident occurred June 25, 2017 near San Martin Airport (E16), Santa Clara County, California




Thinking Cap Aviation LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N524BF


A single-engine plane used for skydiving crashed near the San Martin Airport Saturday evening, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department.

The Cessna 182A Skylane built in 1957 had just released four skydivers and was on its way back to the airport when it went down just before 5:15 p.m. near the southbound on-ramp from East San Martin Avenue to Highway 101, according to officials. 

The 30-year-old pilot, who was the only person inside the plane at the time of the crash, told the California Highway Patrol that he suffered cuts to his face and a black eye.

Dhar Mrityunjoy of San Jose was piloting the plane, which is operated by the San Jose Skydiving Center.

Mrityunjoy said the plane's engine quit on the final approach to the airport. 

"His intention was to land the plane and he lost power on his approach to the runway," CHP Officer Jason Smith said.

Footage from the scene showed the plane come to rest next to the southbound on-ramp beneath highway metering lights. 

There were no flames, but the plane was damaged. 

A witness said the plane bounced on the shoulder of the on-ramp, sheared a traffic metering light and smashed into another pole.

The crash completely blocked the southbound on-ramp, but both directions of Highway 101 remained open while authorities investigated the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. 

There appears to be no questions about the plane's ability to fly safely, according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry.

San Martin is located just south of Morgan Hill and north of Gilroy.

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MORGAN HILL — A small plane crashed on southbound Highway 101 Saturday evening in an unincorporated part of Santa Clara County near Morgan Hill, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The single-engine Cessna 182 crashed after departing from San Martin Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. 

The pilot was intending to return to San Martin Airport, but reported engine trouble shortly before the crash.

The pilot was the only person on board.

The crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 5:15 p.m. just south of East San Martin Avenue.

The pilot had missed a runway at the San Martin Airport, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Rich Glennon told Bay City News.

Glennon said the pilot is OK, though it was immediately unclear if the pilot was injured.

A spokesman for San Jose Skydiving Center confirmed that the plane was one of theirs.

According to Federal Aviation Administration registries, the plane was registered to Thinking Cap Aviation LLC out of Whitefish, Montana.

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San Martin, Calif. —  A single-engine plane used for skydiving, crashes onto a Highway 101 on-ramp, near the San Martin Airport Saturday night. 

According to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, the plane had just released four skydivers and was on its way back to the airport, when it went down just before 5:15. 

It ended up crashing near the southbound on-ramp from East San Martin Avenue to Highway 101. 

The pilot told CHP the plane's engine quit on the final approach to the airport. 

He suffered only minor injuries: cuts to his face and a black eye.

The crash completely blocked the southbound on-ramp, but both directions of Highway 101 remained open, while authorities investigated the incident.

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