Retired pilot killed in plane crash
By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ
OCEANSIDE – A retired commercial airline pilot from San Clemente was the lone passenger aboard a twin-engine plane that fatally crashed just after taking off from Oceanside Municipal Airport, family members said.
Cecil Edward Judd, 83, was killed when his Beechcraft 95-855 crashed Tuesday morning near in a vacant area near an elementary school.
Judd’s son-in-law Stuart Randolph told the San Diego Union Tribune that Judd retired in his 60s after flying for United Airlines, but 83-year-old pilot loved to fly.
County workers near the site of the crash also told the Tribune they heard noises that hinted at possible engine trouble as the plane cleared some trees.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records, Judd owned the plane with his wife Lorraine. At the time of the crash, Judd was certified as a transport pilot and a flight instructor. According to FAA records, Judd’s license had been reissued in March.
Ian Gregor, spokesman for the FAA said the small airplane crashed near Highway 76, bursting into flames.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety board are investigating the crash.
Contacted at Judd’s San Clemente home Tuesday afternoon, family members declined to comment.
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