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Update: San Carlos Airport Closed After Plane Misses Runway, Lands in Slough

The pilot was apparently going too fast on the landing, according to a sheriff's deputy. The FAA is investigating the incident.

By Bay City News Service    

Update: 2:15 p.m. Monday

The San Carlos Airport is closed as authorities investigate an accident in which a plane overran the runway this morning, an airport official said.

Two people aboard the small plane were uninjured when the aircraft rolled off the end of a runway while landing around 10:15 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Airport business manager Chris St. Peter said the pilot wasn't able to stop the plane right away upon landing.

The nose of the single-engine Columbia plane, registered to Harry Drajpuch out of Scottsdale, Ariz., ended up in a slough adjacent to the airport, located at 620 Airport Drive, authorities said.

The two people on board got out of the plane without injury, Gregor said.

San Mateo County sheriff's deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said the occupants were both men and that the pilot is from Arizona. The pair had flown in from the Los Angeles area, and the pilot was apparently going too fast as the plane landed, she said.

The plane briefly touched down on the landing strip, but then overran the runway and got lodged in the mud in the waterway south of the airport, she said.

FAA investigators responded to the incident, St. Peter said, and the airport will be closed until the investigation is complete and the plane has been removed from the water.

Airport officials did not have an estimate for when airport operations would resume.

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Update: Monday 11:42 a.m.    

Two people aboard a small plane were uninjured when the aircraft rolled off the end of a runway while landing at the San Carlos Airport this morning, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.           

The nose of the single-engine Columbia plane, registered to Harry Drajpuch out of Scottsdale, Ariz., ended up in a slough adjacent to the airport around 10:15 a.m., authorities said. The airport is located at 620 Airport Drive.

The two people on board got out of the plane without injury, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

As of 11:15 a.m., an FAA investigator was heading to the airport,
Gregor said.

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Original story: Monday 11:20 a.m.

A small plane went down into a levee while landing at the San Carlos Airport this morning, a San Mateo County sheriff's spokeswoman said.

The aircraft landed in the levee near the airport around 10:30 a.m., Sheriff's Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said. The airport is located at 620 Airport Drive.

All the occupants of the plane got out of the downed craft without injury, she said. She did not know how many people were on board.

[Patch will update this story as information becomes available.]


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