Redwood City pilot killed in plane crash
The pilot of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza was killed after crashing north of Hicks Valley, near Petaluma, on Monday, sparking a 32-acre grass fire.
During the flight from Brookings, Oregon, to San Carlos, the pilot reported engine trouble about 9:30 p.m. and was heading for Gnoss Field in Novato for an emergency landing. He was not immediately identified by authorities, but the plane apparently was based in Redwood City.
Marin County sheriff's deputies began a search for the craft after receiving a report from the California Office of Emergency Services that the pilot was in trouble about seven miles west of Gnoss Field. Radar tracked the craft as it dropped below 600 feet, then lost contact.
Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said heavy fog slowed search efforts in the remote, hilly ranching area between Hicks Valley and Petaluma. The plane was located about 3 a.m. about a mile north of Marin County's Hicks Valley Fire Station.
-- Marin Independent Journal