Plane Crashes at Hayward Airport

MAY 7, 2001

A Cessna airplane crashed today at noon on the runway of Hayward Executive Airport. The plane was carrying a flight instructor and his student.

No one was injured, but the plane's nose was damaged and fuel was spilled on the runway as a result of the crash. Part of the runway was closed while crews cleaned up the fuel and debris.

Pilot training is a major activity at the airport, and accounts for a significant portion of the take-offs and landings at the airport. Student pilots engage in "touch and go" flying, where they take off, circle back to the runway, briefly touch down on the runway, and take off again. This pattern can be repeated numerous times. Pilots routinely take off over San Lorenzo Village homes when engaged in touch-and-go flying.