Pilot, 80-year-old Vietnam vet, reportedly survives Palo Alto plane crash


KTVU reported that an 80-year-old Vietnam veterinarian was the pilot and only person aboard a small plane that crashed in Palo Alto on Monday afternoon after coming into contact with power lines.

KTVU did not share the pilot’s name, but interviewed his daughter who said her father “flew Navy planes for years and likely relied on his muscle memory to make Monday’s hard landing.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said.

The FAA will release the plane’s number once investigators verify it on the scene. All civil aircraft are registered with the aviation authority and are given a unique tail number.


This incident is under investigation by the FAA and the Transportation and Safety Board, which will be in charge of the investigation and provide updates.

Images posted online by NBC Bay Area showed the plane in an open space loaded with brushes.

The Palo Alto Airport (PAO) is on the edge of San Francisco Bay, 30 miles south of San Francisco.

It is a general airfield owned and operated by the city of Palo Alto, and according to the airport website, it’s the busiest single runway airport in California.

This is a developing story. Check back with SFGATE for updates.

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