Twin-engine Aircraft Hits Building, Crashes at Airport

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

A twin-engine airplane crashed immediately after takeoff yesterday at the Hayward Airport about 12:25 p.m. The plane crashed presumably because the pilot lost control after the plane clipped a building near the runway. The pilot reportedly told Captain Thor Poulsen of the Hayward Fire Department that the plane started to veer left and he was unable to correct the drift.

The building is used to store records and was occupied at the time of the crash, according to Hayward Deputy Fire Chief Mark Bennett.

Bennett was reported saying he had seen a number of crashes at the airport over the years but "we escaped a pretty big deal here. If that plane would have went into the roof of the building, we would have had a potential catastrophe." The pilot was uninjured and walked away from the burning aircraft.

The airplane, a Beechcraft King Air B200, can hold up to nine passengers but at the time of the ill-fated take off only the pilot was on board. It was en route to San Carlos and reportedly was owned by a broadcasting company.

The plane came to rest on railroad tracks not far from a second building. One witness said the crash sparked a fireball that shot 70 feet high, causing a grass fire. According to Captain Poulsen the plane had about 200 gallons of high-octane fuel.

Source: Based on report in The Daily Review