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Summary of Aircraft Accidents at or Near Hayward Airport


The following summary of accidents, dating to 1982, is based on the records of the National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Data Base and the FAA's Accident /Incident Data System. The list does not include several incidents of aircraft malfunction (in flight or on the ground) that did not result in damage or injury. (List current as of Jan. 3, 2011.)


May 30, 2010After several unsuccessful attempts to land at Livermore Airport, because of landing gear malfunction, the pilot decided to land at Hayward without right main landing gear extended. The aircraft slid to a stop on its right wing tip and tail section. [FAA]
May 29, 2009During takeoff at about 12:15 p.m. a Raytheon aircraft (N726CB) began drifting leftward about 100 feet above ground. The pilot lost control and the plane struck the tops of two industrial buildings just outside the airport boundary before crashing into a railroad car standing next to the buildings. See news story. [NTSB]
May 14, 2008While approaching the airport for landing in the evening, the pilot of a Beechcraft K35 (N ) became distracted with various radio communications at the airport. He failed to extend the landing gear and plane was damaged on landing. The FAA is questioning the pilot's ability to hold a commercial pilot certificate. [FAA]
March 2, 2008At about 4:40 p.m., on approach to Hayward Airport, the pilot was unable to extend left main landing gear of his Beech C24R aircraft. The pilot elected to burn off fuel before landing on the runway. The plan sustained substantial damage. See news story. [FAA]
Nov. 14, 2007When landing as part of "touch and go" flying, the pilot applied the brakes too hard, causing the airplane(N314RV)to come up on the nose and minor damage to the plane. [FAA]
Dec. 7, 2006Pilot of a Piper PA-24 aircraft (N60WF) landed without landing gear extended, resulting in only minor damage. [FAA]
June 25, 2006About 4:30 p.m. a Cessna airplane (N761GW) lost power and crashed to the ground while departing the airport. The plane was damaged substantially. Earlier in the day the same plane was involved in a fatal accident (see below). The plane, based at Livermore Airport, was operated by Aerial Advertising Services. [NTSB]
June 25, 2006About 12:35 p.m. a Cessna airplane (N761GW) was standing on the ground at the airport with the engine operating, when the passenger exited the airplane, was struck by the propeller, and killed. The plane, based at Livermore Airport, was operated by Aerial Advertising Services. Later in the day the same plane crashed while taking off (see above). See news story. [NTSB]
April 12, 2005A Newell Thomas RV-6A (N16TN) crashed into a truck in a maintenance yard short of the runway at about 8:55 a.m. The plane was returning to the airport after departing earlier. The pilot reported engine trouble before returning; before reaching the airport the plane completely lost power. The plane was substantially damaged. See news story. [NTSB]
June 19, 2004 A Cessna airplane (N11492) lost power while landing at the airport. [FAA]
May 24, 2004After taking off from the airport at about 8:20 a.m., pilot was forced to land on the I-580 freeway near the I-238 interchange when his Cessna airplane (N734NG) ran out of fuel. Investigators determined that the pilot did not visually inspect the fuel tanks or top off the tanks with fuel prior to taking off. The aircraft was not damaged and the pilot was not injured. [FAA]
April 19, 2004 Pilot was engaged in "touch and go" flying. While landing his aircraft (N83587) at 2:13 p.m. the pilot encountered a strong gust of wind during "rollout" on the runway, whereupon the pilot lost control. After striking a runway sign, the plane ended up in the ditch between the airport's two runways. The plane was substantially damaged. [NTSB]
May 18, 2003The pilot of an experimental (home-built) aircraft (N271RP) lost directional control while making his second attempt to land (12:55 p.m.) at the airport. The aircraft, built by the pilot and based in San Mateo, ended up in the grassy area between the airport's two runways and was substantially damaged. [NTSB]
Oct. 17, 2002During a practice "autorotation" at the airport (6:12 p.m.) a helicopter (N61416) flew out of control, substantially damaging the aircraft when it hit the ground. The helicopter was operated by a Sierra Academy of Aeronautics instructor and student. [NTSB]
Nov. 19, 2001When landing at night in the dark, a Piper PA-28 aircraft (N6984W) did not slow down as it approached the end of the runway. The pilot veered right to avoid hitting the fence beyond the runway. [FAA]
July 2, 2001During a practice "autorotation" at the airport a helicopter (N4052K) flew out of control, damaging the aircraft when it hit the ground. The NTSB determined that error by the student pilot and inadequate supervision by the instructor were the likely cause of the crash. [NTSB]
May 7, 2001A student pilot, in his second solo flight, landed a Cessna (N757XS) hard on the runway. The aircraft bounced and landed on the nose wheel; the nose wheel was folded back and the left wingtip struck the runway. The NTSB determined that errors by the student pilot were the likely cause of the crash. [NTSB]
March 17, 2001An East Bay Regional Park District helicopter (N996PD), having departed from the Hayward Airport, made an emergency crash landing in a residential front yard following loss of power. [NTSB]
Dec. 20, 1999While approaching San Carlos Airport the pilot of a Cessna CE-172 (N9795B) declared an emergency because of unsafe condition in landing gear. San Carlos Airport directed the pilot to Hayward Airport for better emergency equipment. On landing at Hayward, the aircraft skidded off the runway. [FAA]
July 26, 1999The engine of a Piper airplane (N5539W) quit when the airplane was one-half mile out from the runway. The pilot made a hard landing in a parking lot. NTSB determined the pilot had failed to operate the plane properly. [NTSB]
Apr. 23, 1999A Cessna airplane (N9512T) approaching the airport for landing at about 7:51 p.m. collided with power lines and an apartment building in Hayward. The two passengers were killed; the pilot was seriously injured. Before the collision the pilot had radioed the control tower that he was running low on fuel and did not think he would be able to reach the airport. [NTSB]
Jan. 2, 1999During touch-and-go flying, the student pilot of a Piper airplane (N4556Z) lost control of the aircraft while landing; the aircraft nosed over on landing. The pilot exited and the aircraft was destroyed by fire. The student pilot had about 40 hours of flying experience at the time of the accident. No personal injury. [NTSB]
Feb. 12, 1996During touch-and-go flying the pilot of a Piper PA-24 aircraft (N6959P) forgot to put down his landing gear. He noticed this when he was low to the ground and with reduced engine power. He decided to land anyway. The aircraft sustained minor damage. [FAA]
Nov. 27, 1995 A Cessna airplane (N6349M) suffered engine problems after takeoff. The student and instructor pilots attempted to return to the airport but crash-landed in the adjacent golf course. [NTSB]
Oct. 28, 1995While landing at San Carlos Airport, the pilot of a Cessna CE-320 aircraft (N900CB) noticed his landing gear was not extended and decided to land instead at Hayward because of its longer runway. After burning off most of the fuel, the pilot landed. The aircraft sustained minor damage. [FAA]
Feb. 26, 1995A blimp (N28SQ) with a history of unresolved electrical problems was being used to transport paid passengers for pleasure rides. At the end of the day the ground crew were given rides. During a landing the electrical system failed. The pilot lost control and the aircraft hit the grass short of the landing zone and bounced along the ground until coming to rest near the top of a berm. The pilot told the passenger to get out and hold down the blimp; the passenger tripped as he got out and rolled down the hill. The blimp began to rise with the pilot holding on to an outside rail. The pilot lost his grip and fell to his death. [NTSB]
Feb. 14, 1994 A Beech BE-36 aircraft (N34KT) lost its nose wheel on take off from an unspecified airport. Pilot was diverted to Hayward for landing, where the aircraft landed without nose gear and sustained minor damage. [FAA]
June 6, 1993On approaching the airport for landing, a student pilot of a Piper PA-28R aircraft (N2881M) forgot to lower the landing gear. The aircraft propeller struck the runway and the aircraft sustained minor damage. [FAA]
May 17, 1993The engine of a Beech airplane (N7687N) quit after takeoff. The pilot turned back to the airport and, without power, collided with the dirt berm at the approach end of the runway (at Hesperian and Winton). The NTSB determined that the pilot had not adequately inspected the aircraft before flight.
Jan. 12, 1993A Bell helicopter (N3202A) transporting cargo during very bad weather at night crashed in the bay. The pilot and a passenger were killed.
Aug. 16, 1992A fire caused smoke in the cockpit of a Piper aircraft (N2185A) piloted by a student. However, the aircraft landed safely. [FAA]
Jul. 2, 1992The engine of a Cessna airplane (N11BU) exploded when the pilot attempted to start it, resulting in an explosion that damaged the aircraft. No personal injury. The NTSB determined that a fuel leak was responsible and that the pilot, who owned, operated, and maintained the aircraft, had performed inadequate maintenance.
Jun. 26, 1992On one landing during touch-and-go flying, a Cessna airplane (N9447E) landed hard on the nose wheel after the student pilot misjudged the landing flare. The NTSB determined the on-board instructor had not adequately supervised the flight.
Nov. 3, 1991On one takeoff during touch-and-go flying, a Cessna airplane (N4933B) veered off the runway, hit a ditch, and nosed over. No personal injuries. The NTSB determined the pilot lacked experience.
Oct. 27, 1991The engine of a Piper PA-28 aircraft (N2815F) quit after take off. However, the student pilot was able to turn around and land safely. [FAA]
Sep. 2, 1991While landing, the pilot of a North American airplane (N3660V) lost control of the aircraft. A wing contacted the ground after the pilot attempted to correct for the aircraft's unwanted turning. The plane ground looped and the landing gear collapsed.
March 21, 1991 The landing gear of a Piper PA-31 aircraft (N66859) did not fully retract on take off. The pilot returned to the airport and landed with the gear partially extended. [FAA]
March 10, 1991 The student pilot of a Cessna CE-172 aircraft (N4952G) lost directional control on touch-and-go landing, and as a result veered off the left side of the runway. [FAA]
Jan. 15, 1991A pilot was killed when his Cessna airplane (N9721B) crashed into the bay on its way through Hayward to San Carlos. The NTSB determined that the pilot misjudged the bad weather (restricted visibility).
Oct. 18, 1990 The student pilot of a Cessna CE-152 aircraft (N49404) lost directional control on touch-and-go landing, and as a result veered off the left side of the runway. [FAA]
Sep. 21, 1990The landing gear of a Cessna airplane (N46326) failed while the pilot was landing, and the aircraft veered off the runway and ground looped. The NTSB determined that the mechanical failure was due to improper installation of a component when the aircraft was modified.
Aug. 9, 1990A restored military airplane (N13NH) lost power and the pilot landed at a local high school, colliding with telephone wires. The aircraft was destroyed, and the pilot was seriously injured. The NTSB determined that the power loss was due to a missing component; the aircraft engine had been overhauled the day before the accident.
June 6, 1990 A Beech BE-100 aircraft (N711RE) had a dual flame out on approach to the airport for landing. The pilot was able to restart the engines but power was lost to the radios. As a result, the pilot had to land with light signals. [FAA]
Dec. 2, 1989The pilot of a Piper airplane (N3350W) landed next to the runway because of a power loss. The NTSB determined that the pilot had not adequately inspected the aircraft before flight.
Nov. 18, 1989 A Piper airplane (N4359C) on final approach to the runway lost power about three-fourths of a mile from the runway. The pilot landed in a parking lot, striking an automobile. Two persons in the automobile suffered minor injuries; two persons in the aircraft were uninjured. The NTSB determined that the aircraft had insufficient fuel -- the pilot had not adequately inspected the aircraft before flight.
Nov. 6, 1989 The pilot of a Cessna airplane (N3018T) made a hard landing on the runway. He stated that he was taking a company-ordered business flight that he didn't want to take. The NTSB determined that the accident was the result of the pilot's inexperience with the aircraft and his mental state. No injuries.
Aug. 3, 1989 The student pilot of a Gulfstream GA-680 aircraft (N1014) was unable to control the aircraft while taxiing and ran into a guard rail. [FAA]
April 28, 1989 Two aircraft collided while taxiing: a Beech BE-55 (N1808C) and a Cessna (N5531H). [FAA]
Feb. 24, 1989As the student pilot of a Robinson helicopter (N9076K) started a running takeoff, the aircraft struck an alignment device protruding above the surface of the taxiway. After a violent yaw, the aircraft descended rapidly and was damaged when it hit the ground. No injuries. [FAA]
Feb. 24, 1989A Cessna CE-421 aircraft(N41028) was diverted from an unspecified airport to Hayward because of failed landing gear. The pilot landed at Hayward with gear up. Minor damage to aircraft. [FAA]
Nov. 13, 1988A student pilot lost control of a Piper PA-28 aircraft(N8450A) while landing and veered off the runway. Minor damage to aircraft. [FAA]
Jun. 8, 1988 The pilot of a Rockwell Int. airplane (N47TT) made a forced landing in a field short of the runway and collided with a ditch. The pilot was at the end of a cross-country flight and both fuel tanks were nearly empty. No injuries.
Apr. 27, 1988While approaching the airport at night for landing, the pilot of a Piper airplane (N3588Y) lost control and landed on the freeway, colliding with an automobile. One person seriously injured; one person with minor injury. The NTSB determined that the accident was the result of pilot error.
Jul. 19, 1987On final approach to the airport the engine of a Temco airplane (N8K) flamed out as the pilot attempted to reduce the rate of descent. The aircraft struck a light pole and telephone wires and was consumed by fire after coming to rest. One person seriously injured; one person suffered minor injury. No mechanical malfunction or part failure was discovered.
Jan. 4, 1987 After take off, the pilot of a Varga airplane (N5076V) was flying at between 100 and 200 feet above ground level when he made a sharp turn back toward the airport. Suddenly the aircraft entered a steep descent and crashed near the approach end of the runway. The pilot was killed and one passenger was injured seriously. No mechanical malfunction was discovered.
Dec. 10, 1986 During a night pleasure flight the pilot of a Cessna airplane (N1429H) lost power about three minutes after take off. The plane collided with a dirt bank. One person with minor injuries; two uninjured persons.
Oct. 3, 1986A solo student pilot of a Cessna airplane (N6366D) landed in a grass area beyond the runway because he didn't compensate for wind conditions. The student had 15 hours flying experience. No injuries.
Mar. 19, 1986The pilot of a Cessna airplane (N52628) veered off the runway and hit a runway light. No injuries.
May 10, 1985 Just after liftoff a Beech airplane (N2022B) experienced engine problems. The pilot attempted to return to the airport but crashed into the golf course. The pilot was killed in the crash. The NTSB discovered that in 10 years no engine or component overhaul had been done.
Feb. 16, 1985 A Piper airplane (N4186W) lost power during initial climb of the student pilot's fourth touch-and-go. The instructor took control and attempted to land on the remaining runway; however, the aircraft continued off the runway and collided with a fence before coming to rest in the golf course. No injuries. No reason could be found for the loss of power.
Sep. 9, 1984 A Cessna airplane (N7338F) was hit by a ground vehicle while taxiing to the runway. No injuries.
Jul. 5, 1984 A student pilot of a Cessna airplane (N67819) landed hard on the third landing of his first solo flight. During the ensuing bounce the aircraft was substantially damaged. No injuries.
May 21, 1984After landing hard and "porpoising" down the runway, the pilot of a Cessna airplane (N734TH) performed a tower fly-by and no damage was apparent to the controllers. The pilot was able to land without further incident. No injuries.
May 10, 1984 An Enstrom helicopter (N589H) with a student pilot suddenly lost power while hovering. The aircraft was extensively damaged during a run-on landing. Two persons uninjured. No part failure or malfunction was found that would have caused a loss of power.
May 5, 1984 Two airplanes -- a Taylor Smith (N53BT) and Olson (N3528) -- landed in trail and the lead aircraft was struck in the rear by the other aircraft. No injuries.
Feb. 10, 1984Student pilot attempted to land his Piper airplane (N4552Q) at night on an unlit runway closed for maintenance. The student failed to follow instructions to abort the landing and the aircraft collided with a concrete construction block. No injuries.
Feb. 4, 1984 Pilot lost power in his Cessna airplane (N52034) at night, requiring forced landing. Four persons seriously injured. No mechanical malfunction was discovered.
Jul. 1, 1983Pilot was having trouble lifting his Cessna airplane (N4957G) on take-off. He cut the power and tried to land on the runway. He was unable to control the aircraft on the runway and collided with trees. Two persons suffered minor unjuries; six persons uninjured.
Aug. 27, 1982While landing on the airport's runway at 6:18 p.m., pilot lost control of his single-engine Blanca airplane (N2671Z). The plane veered off the runway and was substantially damaged. According to the NTSB report, the pilot failed to maintain directional control.
Aug. 6, 1982The student pilot of a Cessna CE-152 airplane (N67889), doing touch-and-go flying for an hour, lost ground reference from sun glare and struck the runway with the plane's nose gear on landing. [FAA]


[Revised Jan. 4, 2011]