Pilot Dies In McClellan-Palomar Plane Crash

by The Editors on September 29, 2008

080929PlaneA small single-engine plane has crashed into a small hillside at 7:19 a.m. yesterday September 28, 2008 a mile from the McClellan-Palomar airport killing pilot Guisseppe “Pino” Puzzo, 41, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

He crashed after canceling an attempted landing in the morning fog and advising air traffic controllers that he planned to circle the airport and try again, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Though this is the second crash in one week Federal Aviation officials says the crash had “nothing to do with the airport.” This brings total plane crash deaths in and around the Carlsbad airport to 10 in the last two years.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

Tucker September 30, 2008 at 11:36 am

I could hear the plane flying low around my house. I was thinking “What on earth is that guy doing in this fog!” I couldn’t see my back yard fence that was 20 feet away. I didn’t hear the plane crash otherwise I would have run to the site only a couple hundred yards from my house. This sort of tragedy could have been easily avoided if the pilot would have landed at Ramona where visibility was >5 miles. Too bad.

Kendra December 10, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Pino was a great man and he didnt deserve to die like this i have met him personally and i would consider him like a uncle to me i loved him and i am so very sad that he had to go this way it wasnt his time because god knew that he was a sweet and kind man and i dont think he wanted to leave cause he loved his wife dawn and she was like an aunt to me he was a great man and he didnt deserve to go rite now

Pino March 28, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Pino was a childhood friend of mine, we have the same nickname “Pino”, we are originally from the same country, I know your family in Italy, until today I have visited this site many times, I go back a few times to remember my friend, a prayer for You

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