Cessna Crash Survivor Plucked From Pacific
A 2006 Cessna 172S Skyhawk with three men aboard that had departed San Diego's Montgomery field at 1 p.m. Sunday was returning from Long Beach later in the afternoon when it crashed and sank approximately 1.5 miles off the coast, near Oceanside, Calif.. One man, a passenger aboard the Skyhawk, was rescued by boaters and delivered to a local hospital for treatment of shock and a broken leg. The crash was reported by a pilot who witnessed it from another aircraft shortly after 5 p.m. local time, according to local news reports. Oceanside police told a local news affiliate that the pilot of the accident aircraft was "recently certified." It is not known how long the survivor rescued Sunday had been in the water. An aerial search for the other two men had been called off by 9:00 p.m. due to thick fog over the water. (Various news reports listed visibility at anywhere from 20 feet to 600 feet.) A Coast Guard Cutter dispatched to the area was to remain on site late into the evening. The aircraft was owned by San Diego Flight Training International Inc. Searchers Sunday found no evidence of it in the water.