Small Plane Crashes at Golf Course

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

A pilot whose single-engine plane lost power after taking off from the Hayward Airport made an emergency landing at Skywest Golf Course this afternoon. The golf course lies between the airport's runways and San Lorenzo Village. Firefighters were notified of the incident around 12:45 p.m., according to Hayward City fire spokesman Don Nichelson.

The pilot, David Olsen, was the sole occupant of the plane, Nichelson said. The plane apparently lost power during takeoff. “The oil line that controls the prop pitch might have broken and sprung a leak,” Olsen reportedly said. Olsen was able to get out of the plane and was uninjured, Nichelson said. According to one news report, Olsen joked he yelled "fire" before setting his airplane back down on the golf course.

One of the wings leaked less than 10 gallons of fuel that was cleaned up by fire crews and did not become a hazard, according to Nichelson.

Golfers at Skywest told one reporter they are always aware of planes coming from the nearby airport. “You’re always looking up," golfer Frank Kocyan said. "They’re always taking off and coming over. They fly right over you.”

SOURCES: NBCBayArea.com, SFGate.com