Small plane crash on CA central coast


#1

An event today I overheard while on my paramedic gig…

ksby.com/Global/story.asp?S=7558098

Firefighters cancelled ambulance as soon as they arrived describing a small plane burnt to the ground with 1 fatal. Sad…

Not sure the type of plane yet, but I witnessed a type of biplane headed that direction approx 10 minutes prior to the dispatch. Higher performance than a stearman but larger and slower than a pitts…


#2

Plane was a Cirrus SR22 flown by the regional sales rep from the bay area…

sanluisobispo.com/news/local … 32979.html

Robbreid- Any info or the usual FAA prelims?


#3

According to local reports, the 41 year old pilot buzzed a friends house, did a barrel roll, dove at the the ground, and hit a tree!!!

IDENTIFICATION
Regis#: 254SR Make/Model: SR22 Description: SR-22
Date: 12/30/2007 Time: 1945

Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: N Missing: N
Damage: Destroyed

LOCATION
City: SAN LUIS OBISPO State: CA Country: US

DESCRIPTION
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE ONE PERSON ON BOARD WAS
FATALLY INJURED, ONE PERSON ON THE GROUND SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES, NEAR
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 1
# Crew: 1 Fat: 1 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 1 Min: 0 Unk:

WEATHER: METAR 1950Z 31013KT 10SM SKC 18/07 A3023

OTHER DATA
Activity: Unknown Phase: Unknown Operation: OTHER

FAA FSDO: SAN JOSE, CA (WP15) Entry date: 12/31/2007

Same aircraft back in July with engine failure, NTSB report.


#4

Thank you Sir… Knew I could count on you!


#5

Sad story often told.


#6

Cirrus Mourns Death of Thomas Leveque After Plane Crash

Cirrus Design Corp. grieves the death of longtime employee Thomas Leveque, 41, who died on Dec. 30, after his SR22 plane crashed near San Louis Obispo, Calif. According to the local fire department, calls came in around 11:40 a.m. on Sunday reporting that a small plane had crashed. Leveque was flying alone; no other fatalities or injuries were reported.
Media on the scene quickly interviewed several people after the accident occurred, who reported that Leveque was performing barrel rolls or dives, and that he was or may have been talking on his cell phone to his friend while he buzzed over his house. Currently, such reports have not been substantiated. It’s unknown whether any of people interviewed by the media have aviation expertise or are pilots. The cause of the accident has not been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration began investigations today.

Kate Dougherty, Cirrus’ spokesperson, told Headline Industry News that Leveque, an experienced pilot, held many positions within the company, with the most recent as a sales rep/demo pilot on the West Coast. “Thom was a valued member of our team,” she said, with great sorrow. “Cirrus’ thoughts and prayers are with Thom’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.”

As a standard practice in the aviation or any industry, Cirrus was unable to provide further comment about the accident. It’s expected that the NTSB will release a preliminary accident report in the near future. “Cirrus’ safety team is assisting the NTSB in its investigation,” Dougherty said.


#7

To paraphrase Tex Johnston… He was just selling airplanes!