Plane Crash Kills Rocklin Man

Plane Crash Kills Rocklin Man


  • Investigators indicate plane he was piloting was approaching too low
  • Just prior to the crash, pilot told air traffic controllers, he was losing control of the plane


A resident of Rocklin was piloting a small plane when it crashed in Alameda County last month. The pilot was descending while making his approach into the Oakland International Airport. The pilot was experiencing difficulties in following the instructions of air traffic controllers. At one point, the pilot told controllers, he was flying too high. However, the pilot was apparently flying too low. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the details of this tragic accident in which the pilot lost his life. He was 61-years old. His plane went down shy of the Oakland Airport. The aircraft crashed in the hills of Castro Valley. This area is located in Alameda County.


The path of the wreckage extended 300-feet down a hillside off of Palomares Road. It was a heavily wooded and steep area. It was difficult to locate the crash by helicopter that morning due to thick fog in Alameda County. Rescue workers spent close to four hours looking for the Piper PA-32 single-engine airplane. Unfortunately, the cockpit  and cabin had been consumed by fire when the plane was eventually located.


The National Transportation Safety Board will release a report of the probable cause of this accident. Crash is still under investigation.


We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of 61-year-old John Sacco who tragically lost his life in this small aircraft accident.Occasionally, police and other reports are inconclusive or wrong in determining fault.  Insurance adjusters represent insurance companies and are many times quick to place fault on an innocent party. This is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.

I’m Edward A Smith, a Rocklin Personal Injury Attorney.  If you, or someone you love, has been seriously injured or killed in an airplane accident due to the negligence of  someone else, please call me now at (916) 921-6400.  I am ready to provide you with fast, free, friendly advice.  Dial me toll free if you are outside of the Rocklin/Sacramento area at (800) 404-5400. Please take a moment to visit my accident and injury information website.

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