Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Pilot Dies After Crashing Airplane Into SLO Building On Granada Drive

Police-LineOfficials are trying to determine what caused a twin-engine two-seater Cessna passenger plane to crash in San Luis Obispo yesterday afternoon about 12:26.  San Luis Obispo City Fire Department and Cal Fire personnel responded to a reported fire involving a small plane which had crashed into a building near the end of Granada Drive.   

The first arriving fire department unit found a twin engine Cessna passenger plane which had crashed through trees and power lines, and then into the building, eventually colliding with a parked Fed-Ex delivery truck.  Both the plane and the Fed-Ex truck were well involved in fire.  

The involved building at 277 Granada is occupied by a manufacturing plant for Promega Biosciences.  This plant is zoned and approved to store and use industrial chemicals. The safety of these chemicals was a primary concern during the initial phases of firefighting and rescue efforts.  

Control of the fire was achieved within 15 minutes of the initial 911 call.  The fire had spread to the roof of the involved structure; however, no hazardous chemicals inside the facility were affected by this emergency.

No injuries occurred to the occupants of the building or firefighters. The Fed-Ex driver was inside a nearby business when the event occurred and was uninjured. The pilot of the aircraft was killed. His identity is still being determined by SLOPD and the SLO County Sheriff/Coroner.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) field personnel.