Stall Blamed for Vintage Plane Crash That Killed San Mateo Man

The small plane that crashed on the shore on San Leandro Bay last year, killing the pilot, lost power for unknown reasons, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

A report by federal investigators says a loss of engine power soon after takeoff was one reason a small vintage plane crashed on the shore of San Leandro Bay last year, killing the San Mateo pilot, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

when his World War II era Navion aircraft dived nose first into the mud moments after taking off from Oakland International Airport's North Field on April 3, 2011. Public safety workers, including a crew from the Alameda Fire Department, worked for hours to retrieve Manuel's body.

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane stalled "for undetermined reasons" during its initial climb and Manuel did not have enough speed to make an emergency landing, according to the Chronicle article.

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