Beechcraft Bonanza Crash in San Diego
- Shortly after takeoff from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport, the pilot radioed that the airplane experienced an engine failure.
- The plane crashed into a Clairemont neighborhood home, killing two passengers and injuring two others, including the pilot.
- The Bonanza has been involved in numerous crashes, including three different crashes that killed famous musicians Buddy Holly, Jim Reeves and Randy Rhoads.
A fixed-wing, single-engine Beechcraft A36 Bonanza airplane, with four people aboard, crashed into a San Diego home Saturday, December 9, 2017, killing two passengers and destroying the home. The pilot and a third passenger survived but received very serious injuries during the crash or the subsequent fire.
The pilot radioed that the airplane had experienced an engine failure shortly after takeoff from nearby Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. Minutes later, the pilot attempted to land the airplane in a schoolyard behind the Clairemont neighborhood but was not able to stop the airplane before it impacted a neighborhood home.
The victims were in the area to attend Fetch DVM360, a veterinarian conference. One of the victims was a popular veterinarian from Torrance, CA, and the other was the husband of a leading veterinarian from Southampton, NY.
About Beechcraft Aircraft
The Beechcraft Bonanza, introduced in 1947, has been in continuous production longer than any other airplane in history. It is manufactured by Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, KS, and has a long and storied history. Beeccraft also manufactures other models including the Baron amd the Debonair.
Beechcraft airplanes has been involved in numerous notable crashes, including:
- Rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly was killed as a result of a Beechcraft Bonanza 35 crash.
- Country Musician Jim Reeves was killed as a result of a Beechcraft Bonanza Debonair crash.
- Musician Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist) was killed as a result of a Beechcraft Bonanza F35 crash.
- Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak was seriously injured, but survived the crash of his own Beechcraft Bonanza A36TC which he was piloting.
The airplane’s engine in Saturday’s fatal crash was a fuel-injected, six-cylinder, IO-550 engine, manufactured by Continental Motors of Mobile, AL.* The IO-550 engine is a very popular aircraft engine. In addition to powering the Beechcraft Bonanza and the Beechcraft Baron, the IO-550 engine is used in many different general aviation aircraft, including models manufactured by Cessna, Cirrus, Lancair and Mooney.
* In 2010, Continental Motors, Inc. was sold to Technify Motors, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China International, which is owned by the Chinese government.