2 women identified as victims in plane crash into Monterey home

Two women and a pet dog were identified as the victims of a traumatic plane crash in an empty Monterey home earlier this week.

Mary Ellen Carlin of Pacific Grove was likely to pilot a Cessna twin-engine on Tuesday when the plane plunged into the hills near Monterey Regional Airport.

Data from FlightAware, a site that tracks aircraft, shows the flight left shortly before 10:40 am and was only in the air a few minutes before crashing into the Monterra Ranch neighborhood on Highway 68. Air traffic control audio found in KSBW indicates the flight encountered a problem immediately after takeoff. “Low altitude alert. Climb immediately,” the controller says, followed by, “[the plane] is experiencing an emergency in flight. “

Also killed Alice Diane Emig of Rancho Cordova and her dog Toby.

Carlin, the owner of the plane and a well-known local flight instructor, planned to fly Emig from Monterey to Mather in the Sacramento area, Emig’s family said KSBW. Families said deputies said no one survived the crash.

Authorities have not confirmed who flew the plane, but Carlin’s son, David Carlin, told the Monterey Herald that he no doubt his mother was the pilot.

He said: “My mother has been flying this plane for over a decade.” “I want to make sure everyone knows that my mother was a great pilot. She spent tens of thousands of hours flying. She has taught dozens of students over the years. She is kind of a legend.”

The house hit by the plane belongs to Roger and Julie Goulart, whose main residence is the Bay Area, Monterey County Weekly Report. Roger Goulart is a vice president of Coupa software, and the couple uses Monterey’s place as their second home.

Tony Trujillo, a neighborhood caretaker who witnessed the crash, said each week he “saw the plane fly very low and heard some of the trees crackling, then the plane hit the house. go straight to the living room. “

Firefighters estimated about 60% of the residence was affected by the fire, and aircraft debris started the additional spot fires in the area. “It’s unclear whether the house can be repaired or not,” Monterey County Deputy Fire Marshal Dorothy Priolo said Tuesday.

John Thornburg, a spokesman for the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, said no bodies have been recovered from the wreckage yet.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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