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Fuel Leak May Be to Blame in Oceanside Plane Crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board said a fuel leak may be to blame for a Jan. 24 plane crash in Oceanside that left two people seriously injured.

Amandeep Singh, 24, was piloting a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, when the plane crashed at 10:44 a.m. near the Oceanside Swap Meet on Mission Road, just east of the Oceanside Municipal Airport and about 300 yards from a residential neighborhood, according to Oceanside police and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Singh and his 18-year-old passenger, Harshdeep Multani, were showered in sewage as rescuers arrived. The plane hit a power pole and an above ground sewage line, triggering the spill.

The four-seater plane, which is registered to the California Flight
Academy, took off from El Cajon that morning and was heading to Torrance in Los Angeles County.

In the NTSB report, Multani told the federal investigators that the
Cessna was cruising over Palomar at about 6,000 feet when the pilot noticed that the fuel gauges dropping fast. Apparently, the pilot has not been interviewed yet.

According to Multani, Singh thought the plane was leaking fuel and tried to land at Oceanside Municipal Airport. But the plane was coming in fast and too high, and Singh made another approach from the opposite direction, Multani told investigators.

On the second approach, he was still too high and too fast, Multani said, adding that the plane may have lost power just before impact.

One witnesses told Oceanside police the plane was so quiet that he was unsure if the engine was running.

The right wing and the engine separated from the fuselage in the crash, according to the report.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Singh earned his commercial pilot's license at El Cajon's California Flight Academy and returned to his home in India with ambitions of becoming an airline pilot.

He returned to the school recently to complete 15 hours of additional training, the newspaper reported.

Multani is a student pilot who is working on getting his license.

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