Three Orange County men are lucky to be alive after their small Cessna 172 plane went down over Camp Pendleton Marine Base recently. The men had just left Orange County airport heading towards San Diego, when the pilot experienced mechanical trouble.
The pilot, Allan Jacobson, a long time aviator from Costa Mesa was flying with his two friends for dinner in San Diego at their favorite Mexican restaurant. They were flying at about 3,500 feet when an unexpected “loud bang” shook the plane. Witnesses on the ground detailed that the pilot appeared to be in control and was trying to maneuver although was having a difficult time due to the scarcity of landing options.
They crash landed on a dirt road and upon impact, lost the tail and all men had serious personal injuries. The most seriously injured was David Menne, who is still in critical condition at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. The pilot is recovering well, and other passenger, Scott Jones of Lake Forest was released soon after the crash.
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