Biplane Makes Emergency Landing, Flips Over in Oceanside

Biplane Makes Emergency Landing, Flips Over in Oceanside

A single-engine biplane made an emergency landing then flipped over in a vacant Oceanside, California, lot just north of State Route 76 early Wednesday morning.

The plane had reportedly taken off from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport when it lost power, according to local Fox News affiliate in San Diego KSWB. It made the emergency landing in a vacant lot before flipping over onto its top. 

A motorist who witnessed the crash but who wished to remain anonymous said, “they’re very lucky to even walk away from it,” pointing out that from his perspective “they were [flying] really high” up in the air. The anonymous good Samaritan had gone over to help the plane’s pilot and passenger after he’d witnessed the emergency landing.

Both the pilot and passenger reportedly walked away with minor scratches, notes KSWB.

Just one week ago on Wednesday, a deadly plane crash in a San Diego Costco parking lot claimed the life of an 80-year-old woman who was a passenger on board a Mooney M-20L single-engine aircraft. The pilot, 52, of the plane in last week’s crash was the passenger’s daughter. She reportedly sustained major injuries.