One Dead in Plane Crash in Redwood Shores Lagoon
Small craft lands in Oracle lagoon less than a minute after take-off
By: Bay City News Service
One person is confirmed dead after a plane crashed into a lagoon in Redwood Shores this morning, a Redwood City fire battalion chief said.
The crash was reported at about 11:50 a.m. in the lagoon just north of Twin Dolphin Drive, fire Battalion Chief Dave Pucci said. The plane had taken off from the nearby San Carlos Airport and was headed to San Martin, Pucci said.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane, a twin-engine Beech 65 Queen Air, crashed into the water about 30 seconds after taking off.
Firefighters responded and found an approximately 40-year-old woman in the water just outside the plane wreckage. She was taken to shore
and pronounced dead, Pucci said.
Authorities are also searching for a second person after receiving unconfirmed reports from the San Carlos Airport that two people had boarded the plane, Pucci said.
Firefighters did not find anyone in the plane’s interior, but “the lagoon is really murky” and the second victim may be in the water somewhere, Pucci said.
A dive team from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene shortly before 1 p.m. to search the waters, he said.
Rod Cardinale, a paralegal at Grathwohl, Rauch and Cohen on the nearby Marine Parkway, said he was working at about noon when he heard a “boom.”
He went outside to see what had happened.
“I just saw the airplane in the water upside-down with one of the wings sticking out of the water,” he said.
Cardinale said several boaters made their way over to the plane and some dove into the water to try to help the occupants.
Joanna Lubas, who works at an office at 303 Twin Dolphin Drive, said she was sitting at her desk when the crash happened and saw the plane hit the water.
She left the office and headed toward the crash site in the diamond-shaped lagoon, which is known as the Oracle lagoon and lined by office parks and a number of homes.
“When I first got here there were people, I think from these houses, getting into the water,” Lubas said.
As of about 1:15 p.m., the plane was nearly fully submerged in the lagoon. A wing was visible under the water. A sheriff’s rescue boat was headed toward the aircraft.
What appeared to be seats from the airplane were floating nearby.
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