Beech King Air E90, Carlsbad, Calif., July 3, 2007 – Taking off from McClellan/Palomar Airport on an IFR flight plan in IMC, the King Air hit 230,000-volt powerlines and was destroyed. The pilot and passenger were killed, and one person on the ground was hit by debris. Visibility was one-quarter mile, with an indefinite ceiling of 100 feet. Temperature and dew point were 63 degrees F.
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Maui-based Pacific Wings exacted a small measure of revenge on Hawaiian gatecrasher Mesa Air Group last month when it won the rights to two of Mesa’s Essential Air Service destinations in New Mexico. Pacific Wings plans to start serving Hobbs and Carlsbad, N.M., from Albuquerque using four nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravans on June 1.
Jet Source completed its remodeling project last month at McClellan-Palomar Airport, Carlsbad, Calif., including fresh paint, carpet, leather furniture and the addition of solar power. Pilots will focus on the new media room designed especially for visiting crews. It features satellite TV and a DVD player running through a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound system linked to a 100-inch projection television screen.