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Golf Course Safety No Big Concern

by The Editors on September 24, 2008

080923Planecrash1The City of Carlsbad says they have no problem with the location of The Crossings At Carlsbad Golf course even though two planes have crashed onto the property in the last 15 months, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“We still feel, and I think the airport plan still considers golf courses safe” for the area, city planning director Don Neu said. “The fact that we don’t have structures and large numbers of people in a small area is a benefit.”

Maybe they can just post a sign that encourages golfers to yell “Fore” whenever they see small planes falling from the sky.

Follow the link for a complete list of plane crashes at McClellan-Palomar Airport since 2002 (there have been seven).

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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The Crashings At Carlsbad?

by The Editors on September 23, 2008

The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course claimed another plane yesterday September 22, 2008, at about 4:45 PM as a Cesna 152 single engine plane crashed into a ravine near the 16th hole, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Triubune.

Golfers witnessed it and ran to their aid, carried them out of the plane,” Carlsbad Battalion Chief Jim Torretto said. . . . The pilot, 22, and passenger, 19, had flown from Long Beach in the Cessna owned by Rainbow Air Academy. . . The men, whom he described as alert but confused, were carried out of the ravine by firefighters. A helicopter landed on a dirt lot and took the men to a hospital. They had suffered fractures and cuts.

In the past two years nine people have died in crashes after landing or taking off at McClellan-Palomar.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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NTSB’s Preliminary Report on Carlsbad Crash

by The Editors on July 18, 2007

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the crash of a Beech E90 twin-engine plane at McClellan/Palomar Airport that killed George Swink, 57, of Escondido and another man early in the morning on July 3, 2007. The report, posted on the NTSB.gov website explains what happened but offers few clues as to why the plane hit the wires.

After departing runway 24, the airplane collided with the top wire of a power line about 55 feet above ground level (agl). The airplane traveled another 50 feet before colliding with the bottom two lines of an electrical tower. SDGE reported that the lines were 230,0000 volt lines that were 1-1/4-inch in diameter. These power lines were about 50 feet agl. A piece of the right wing, with a section of the right aileron and the bellcrank attached, remained impaled on the tower about 45 feet up. The tower sustained damage to several support beams and cross members. The airport elevation was 331 feet; the estimated elevation of the first line was 285 feet. . . . The two power lines wrapped around the propeller blades of both engines, and the wires were continuous to the wreckage. The airplane came to rest about 300 yards from the transmission tower after leaving debris and ground scars on the fairway and green of a golf course under development. The debris path was along a magnetic bearing of 270 degrees.

According to a story in the North County Times:

Howard Plagens, a senior air-safety investigator with the federal agency, said the goal of the two-page report is to collect and publish facts; it does not draw conclusions. Plagens said information contained in the report may change as the investigation continues.”

[Links: North County Times and The NTSB]

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Plane Crash Slows The Crossings Opening

by The Editors on July 11, 2007

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A small plane crash at McClellan-Palomar Airport on July 3, 2007 will probably delay the planned August 4 full-scale opening of Carlsbad’s new municipal golf course, The Crossings at Carlsbad, according to City Officials quoted in the North County Times.

. . . A further complication is that the plane’s insurance company has informed the city that it is refusing to pay for the repair work, City Attorney Ronald Ball said. Company officials told Carlsbad that the employee who initially said the company would cover the work didn’t have the authority to make that decision, Ball said.

The City has approved $750,000 for environmental cleanup work and fairway and cart path repair (bringing the total cost of the course up to $63.5 million) and are now looking into the possibility of opening part of the course while repair work continues.

[Link: North County Times]

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Cleaning Up After the Plane Crash

by The Editors on July 7, 2007

22 12 367 6 07According to the North County Times workers are still busy cleaning up after the twin engine plane crashed into The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course.

Repairmen with San Diego Gas & Electric Co. have completed rebuilding the transmission tower damaged in the 6 a.m. crash just west of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. On Friday, working high above the golf course, they strung high-tension cables between the repaired towers. They are expected to finish by Sunday, said SDG&E spokeswoman Rachael Laing.

Killed in the crash was George Swink, 57, of Escondido and another man who has not yet been identified. A National Transportation Safety Board report on the crash is due out today.

[Link: North County Times]

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Private Plane Crash Kills Two at Palomar Airport

by The Editors on July 3, 2007

070703PlanecrashThis morning at 5:30 AM a private plane taking off from McClellan-Palomar Airport hit powerlines and crashed onto the new The Crossings golf course, killing two people on board. The crash also started two brush fires that were still burning two hours after the crash.

Brian Dillard, a 33-year-old San Clemente resident, had just dropped his wife at work on Aston Avenue near College Boulevard and was on College heading toward Palomar Airport Road when he saw the crash. “From the corner of my eye, I saw an object very quickly. I thought maybe lightning hit because it was very foggy and then I heard an explosion,” Dillard said. “It was huge. The way the fire exploded, it exploded up and then spread. The sound wasn’t nearly as bad as the fire itself. There was no shaking or anything like that but it was enough to rattle me.”

According to the Associated Press the “twin-engine Beechcraft 90 turboprop was registered to Southwest Consulting Group in San Diego. The company specializes in “mechanical and electrical forensic engineering.”

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]

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Crossings Over Into Reality

by The Editors on July 31, 2007

spts_crossings.jpgSan Diego Union Tribune writer Tod Leonard breaks down The Crossings-At-Carlsbad with all the trials and tribulations of its 18 year trudge into reality. After reading this story it’s a wonder the place is going to open at all. From dinosaurs and indian burial grounds, to plane crashes and talking golf carts, Carlsbad’s muni golf course is a compelling $64 million story.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]

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