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Coroner identifies Sept. 2 plane crash victims

Robert Borrman, 91, of East Palo Alto was one of three people killed in Redwood Shores crash

The third victim from Thursday's plane crash into the Redwood Shores lagoon that killed all three passengers aboard has been identified by the San Mateo County Coroner's office as 73-year-old William Heinicke of San Francisco.

A woman and a second man were also killed when the aircraft slammed into the lagoon near Twin Dolphin Drive shortly before noon on Thursday. Colleagues identified the other man as 91-year-old Robert Borrman, the founder of R.E. Borrmann's Steel Co. in East Palo Alto.

On Friday, the San Mateo County coroner's office identified the woman as 57-year-old Daly City resident Adeline Urbina-Suarez. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are still working to determine what caused the plane, a Beech 65 Queen Air, to crash into the lagoon.

After taking off from the nearby San Carlos Airport, the pilot had been in communication with air traffic controllers and apparently planned a left-turn maneuver. According to witness statements, the plane traveled to the right before plummeting into the lagoon.

The plane's remnants were pulled from the lagoon on Friday, sliced into transportable pieces and shipped to a facility in Sacramento where NTSB investigators will study the wreckage. An initial report on the crash is expected to be released on the NTSB's website by early next week, but a final report will require six to nine months for completion.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

How was piloting the plane,? The 91 year old? I believe he owned the plane?


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Sep 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

PAOnline --- this sad event happened almost a week ago. You re-formatted the basic story 4-5 different ways trying to stir-up some controversy.

This is not journalism.

Leave it alone.


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Posted by Don
a resident of Monroe Park
on Sep 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Large metallic objects carrying much gasoline falling out of the sky near large office buildings ... leave it alone? I don't think so. The incidence of private plane accidents is very high compared to commercial aviation flights.


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