Plane crashes into San Francisco Bay

A pilot and a passenger of a small plane escaped without major injuries Wednesday after they crashed into the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

Pilot Bruce Moody and passenger Matthew Barcelona had been taking aerial photographs of the Bay Area when their engine lost power and crashed into San Francisco Bay near the Bay Bridge toll plaza at 1:51 p.m., they told officials.

A U.S. Coast Guard boat with five crewmembers aboard arrived at the plane, which crashed about 1,000 yards from search and rescue training operations, in about five minutes, according to Chief Ray Codd.

The boat “nosed up” to the wing of the plane, where the two men were sitting, he said.

The men were “mildly hypothermic,” so they were transferred to a 25-foot Coast Guard boat with a cabin, which allowed them to warm up while they were taken to the agency's base on Yerba Buena Island, according to Codd.

An ambulance was waiting for the men at the island, according to Codd. He said they didn't appear to have received any major injuries.

The 19-year old single-engine Cessna was operated by Santa Clara-based aerial photograph company Air Flight Service. A company spokesperson was not immediately available for comment on the crash.

As of 3 p.m., only the tail remained visible above the water; the rest submerged under water.

The plane's owners are responsible for salvaging the Cessna, according to a Coast Guard statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

Jupton@sfexaminer.com

Examiner staff writers Will Reisman and Tamara Barak contributed to this report

Bay Area NewsLocalplane crashSan Francisco Bay

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A view of downtown San Francisco from the Sunset District. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)
SF officials fear regional housing strategy could increase displacement of people of color

Equity and climate goals at odds in plan that concentrates development in transit-rich urban areas

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott listens at a rally to commemorate the life of George Floyd and others killed by police outside City Hall on Monday, June 1, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Will the Biden Administration help SF speed up police reform?

City has struggled to implement changes without federal oversight

Lowell High School (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students, families call for culture shift at Lowell after racist incident

District to explore changes including possible revision of admissions policy

The SFMTA cut all but 17 bus lines in April last year due to the pandemic and has been slow to bring them back due to budget deficit and continuing low ridership. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Supes urge SFMTA to expedite restoration of Muni lines

Resolution emphasizes focus on seniors, individuals with disabilities and community routes

Alan Wong was among California National Guard members deployed to Sacramento to provide security the weekend before the presidential inauguration. (Courtesy photo)
CCSF board member tests positive for COVID-19 after National Guard deployment

Alan Wong spent eight days in Sacramento protecting State Capitol before Inauguration Day

Most Read