Oceanside pilot remains in critical condition after Sunday crash
ESCONDIDO (CNS) – A private pilot from Oceanside remained in critical
condition Monday following a weekend crash that wrecked his light plane at
Fallbrook Airpark, authorities reported.
James Stowe, 45, had just taken off in his 1969 Bowers Fly Baby 1-A when
it went down into a hangar Sunday morning, according to the Federal Aviation
Administration and North County Fire Protection District.
A passer-by found Stowe lying on the ground next to the mangled single-
seat aircraft shortly before 9 a.m., sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Yates said. The
exact time of the accident was unclear, Yates said.
Medics took the pilot to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where he
was admitted to an intensive-care unit, hospital spokesman Leonel Sanchez said.
No other injuries were reported.
Fallbrook Airpark has one runway and is called a “premium small village
airport” on its website. It is located at 2155 South Mission Road in the
western part of Fallbrook adjacent to the U.S. Naval Weapons Fallbrook facility
a few miles west of I-15.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were called in to
investigate the crash.
An initial San Diego Sheriff's statement on the day of the crash cited
information from a pilot not involved in the crash as saying the downed
aircraft was from World War II. The plane did have markings that may have made
it appear it was from the 1940s, but authorities now say the aircraft was a