OCEANSIDE — The pilot of a Sonex 3300 light sport aircraft forced the plane onto the runway of the Oceanside Municipal Airport for a crash landing after the throttle stuck just prior to touchdown on April 4.
Robert Walsh, the pilot and owner of the plane, said a gust of wind required him to increase the throttle shortly before touchdown and that’s when the throttle stuck.
In an attempt to release the throttle, Walsh forced it forward to almost its full power and it stuck again. Unable to pull off the power, Walsh forced the nose of the aircraft down crashing the aircraft onto the runway.
No passengers were onboard and Walsh was not hurt in the crash landing.
Walsh said the carburetor on the plane had recently been replaced due to a sticking throttle while in flight. The plane had been tested prior to the flight on April 4 and did not show any problems.
Walsh said he has been flying for 30 years and has never had a prior accident.