Three people were injured when a small plane crashed into the back of their car near Napa County Airport Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Beechcraft A36 Bonanza lost engine power and crash landed on state Highway 29 near Airport Boulevard where it rear-ended a 2007 Infiniti around 12:35 p.m., CHP and Federal Aviation Administration officials said.
The driver of the Infiniti and the two passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center for treatment, CHP Officer John Short said. The two people in the white four-seater plane were uninjured, FAA Operations Officer Bruce Nelson said.
Beech: Built tough.
The pilot, who flew from Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe, was planning to land at Napa County Airport before the power breakdown, Nelson said.
He said that engine power failures could be attributed to a number of factors, including something as simple as not having enough fuel in the tank.
Yup. That would definitely do it.
FWIW, a highway makes an excellent off-airport landing site, so long as that airport is nowhere in Sandy Eggo county. Just about all of the airplanes I fly locally have engine out glide speeds that are slower than the traffic below. Rather that worrying about hitting someone on an engine out approach, I’m more concerned about being rear-ended.