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Offline marekp0

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N2843T (PA-32) lands on freeway in San Diego
« on: August 24, 2021, 04:59:45 PM »
N2843T just landed on a freeway near my home airport: ​https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/small-plane-makes-emergency-landing-on-i-5-near-del-mar-causes-traffic/2701030/

From FlightAware: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N2843T looks like he was flying low over the coast from KMYF and probably had an engine failure soon after.



Offline jason74

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Re: N2843T (PA-32) lands on freeway in San Diego
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2021, 12:03:49 PM »
Is it common to talk to KCRQ that far south, rather than SCA?

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Re: N2843T (PA-32) lands on freeway in San Diego
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2021, 07:26:35 PM »
Is it common to talk to KCRQ that far south, rather than SCA?
Especially when just flying between KMYF and KCRQ a lot of pilots around here won't bother with flight following. KCRQ can get rather busy sometimes, and I sometimes call the tower up to 5nmi from the class D boundary just in case if I'm not talking to Socal.

It looks like he went down near the Del Mar racetracks (VPSRT) which is ~6nmi from the class D boundary, so I don't think it's unreasonable for him to have been on KCRQ tower at the time. Another possibility is he was self-announcing on 122.75 with KCRQ tower as his standby frequency, and probably thought KCRQ tower would be more useful than a few random pilots on 122.75.