Today’s headlines include news of the crash landing of a Flying Vikings, Inc. Cessna 172 in Oakland, California.
The San Jose Mercury News earlier reported that N61736 “had a gas leak,” but now is going with “mechanical problems” as the cause of this incident. KCBS, which labels this single engine plane the KCBS Radio Traffic Plane, is reporting the pilot claimed the oil pressure guage plummetted just before the engine conked out. This aircraft, built in 1974, suffered “substantial damage” during an incident in 1981.
The following language, written before today’s accident, appears on the Flying Vikings website:
Since Flying Vikings also has a contract with local news gathering organizations, students are offered opportunities to build time that no other school can. Fly 3 to 6 hours a day and get paid.
A visual aid to help imagine yourself staring at a motionless propeller low over the Bay Area. Click to expand:
The dash of a Cessna 172 and a view of Candlestick Park, from the incredible Telstar Logistics Flickrstream
Here’s a photo of a different Flying Vikings aircraft, a Piper that suffered a fatal accident in 2006. Readers may find this link, relating to the Piper crash, of interest, however, it might lead you to unproven speculation about the cause of that tragedy.
The Federal Aviation Administration and Cal OSHA should be able to determine the cause of this forced landing fairly easily.
A relatively happy ending to a scary situation.
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