Plane’s Cockpit, Cabin Consumed by Fire

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    The daughter of a retired United Airlines pilot went to the scene of the plane crash that killed her father in Oceanside. Source: Pilot's Daughter Drawn to Crash Site | NBC San Diego (Published Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010)

    A witness in an investigation into a plane crash that killed a retired United Airlines pilot in Oceanside last week said, "it sounded like the engines were out of sync," according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Both engines were found separated from their mounts among the wreckage.

    Edward C. Judd, 83, was killed in the crash July 26 near the intersection of state Route 76 and El Camino Real. The pilot was flying alone.

    Pilot's Daughter Drawn to Crash Site

    [DGO] Pilot's Daughter Drawn to Crash Site
    The daughter of a retired United Airlines pilot went to the scene of the plane crash that killed her father in Oceanside. Source: Pilot's Daughter Drawn to Crash Site | NBC San Diego (Published Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010)

    “The airplane's cockpit and cabin had been consumed by a post-crash fire,” according to the NTSB report.

    A certificated airline transport pilot and mechanic watched the plane take off from the east end of the runway at Oceanside Municipal Airport, investigators said. The engines sounded like they were out of sync after the plane became airborne, he said.

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    [DGO] Pilot Killed in Crash Was WW II Vet: Friend
    A fellow pilot says the Oceanside crash victim was a retired United Airlines pilot. Source: Pilot Killed in Crash Was WW II Vet: Friend | NBC San Diego (Published Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010)

    “The witness stated that as he continued to observe the airplane he noticed that it was yawing and drifting to the right in a wings-level attitude, and that the airplane was not gaining altitude,” according to the NTSB report.

    The plane then went out of view, the witness said. It crashed one mile east of the airport.

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    [DGO] Oceanside Plane Crash: Raw Video
    Helicopter aerials show the location of a small plane crash near the Oceanside airport on Tuesday, July 27. One person died in the crash according to Oceanside firefighters. (Published Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010)

    The right engine was found about 150 feet north of the main wreckage and the left engine was found in front of the left wing’s nacelle, according to the NTSB.

    Aerials of the crash site showed a team of firefighters spraying foam on the wreckage with some flames still visible. The ground around the plane was scorched by fire.

    The plane was taken to a storage facility for further examination.

    Judd’s daughter said her father served 40 years as a United Airlines captain and never wanted to retire.

    "This was the way he kept going to work, tending to his Baron," Vicki Roberts said.

    Roberts went to the scene of the plane crash on Wednesday.

    "I just wanted to be near my dad's aircraft. I just wanted to touch it. I think it was helpful," Roberts said. "I think he did everything he could to protect life in this incident. I'm sure he was trying to save his own too and trying to get his aircraft out unscathed."

    She said her dad was 83 going on 45 and loved cycling and volleyball.  He was even signed up to play in a volleyball tournament this past weekend.

    "My father was an incredible pilot and a very vivacious man," Roberts said.