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Investigation: No engine or propeller problems before crash

Original post made on Oct 11, 2011

Both the left and right engines and the propeller of the Cessna 310R that took off from the Palo Alto Airport on Feb. 17, 2010, and quickly crashed into an East Palo Alto neighborhood appeared to be working at the time of impact, according to a recently released National Transportation Safety Board report.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 4:44 PM

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I'd like to point out to the graphics designer that the piece of land at the top right corner of the graphic is not the "Baylands Nature Preserve", but is actually a small piece of federal property called the "Faber-Laumeister Unit" that is part of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge complex.

The entrance to the property is at the end of Runnymede St. in EPA. The rechannelized San Francisquito Creek is the San Mateo/Santa Clara County Line.

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Posted by Mr. Ironic
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

So what really happened if it wasnt mechanical failure?

RIP Brian


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Posted by Allen Edwards
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

There are other things that could have failed like control flaps. I wonder if they could tell if those things were OK.


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Posted by John Galt
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Check the rudder gust lock. Path describes one caused by a jammed rudder or more likely a rudder lock left in place on takeoff.


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Posted by Tired of hot doggers
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

"Path describes one caused by a jammed rudder or more likely a rudder lock left in place on takeoff."

Or a GPS-guided attempt to buzz Brian Finn's house.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Tired, I have wondered the same thing. Even given the house's proximity, the fog made it extra dangerous to fly in that direction - & to fly at all. What a tragic waste of human life, damage to a community & expense that would've been easily avoided by using common sense.


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Posted by some guy
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

The flight path also looks like it heads right toward the Tesla headquarters in San Carlos.


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Posted by @ tired
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

Only speak on stuff you know. Spreading rumors about a dead man is filthy. The fog was so thick that day I could barely see a mile ahead of me when I was driving, so how the hell would a plane be able to see a house through the fog.


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Posted by Tired of hot doggers
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

"how the hell would a plane be able to see a house through the fog"

GPS, sir, GPS.

PAO types love to buzz the 'hood. The inferred track of the plane and the known spread of its debris field are consistent with a trajectory aimed right for a passenger's house. No matter they can't see the house, the point is to lavish the intended victims with engine noise. The fog would conveniently hide the plane.


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Posted by @ tired
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

That makes no sense in my opinion. He was a resident of EPA by choice not force and was my neighbor and his baby daughter was in the house at the time. He wasn't the hot dogging type and from what his family said he hated flying in little prop planes but he had to for business. BUT....just to be fair..... Playing devil advocate even if he (someone who cant fly) begged the pilot to buzz over his house wouldn't the pilot have to decline the request due to fog and other dangers? That's like me driving and my passenger (who cant drive) says "can you to do a donut in front of my house" and I agree and wrap the car on a telephone pole. Guess who is going to be held responsible?


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

If the pilot was smart, he wouldn't have gotten into the plane in the first place. Ditto the passengers. Such a waste. Dumb enough to fly, dumb enough to want to buzz the 'hood. But we don't really know, do we? We just know that the pilot & his passengers took a dumb, unnecessary risk & many have been effected.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Yes, we don't know what happened. The pilot may have had a heart attack, we don't know.

Anything at this stage is pure speculation.


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