A middle school student struck by a light plane as the pilot made an emergency crash landing at Carlsbad State Beach on the Fourth of July remained hospitalized Monday in good condition, authorities said.
Nicholas Baer, 12, was body-boarding with friends near the Encina Power Plant just after 3 p.m. Saturday when the single-engine Piper PA18 came down at the water’s edge, grazed him and then flipped over nose-first, according to California State Parks officials.
Medics took the boy to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment of a gash to his head. He was admitted to an intensive care unit, where he remained this morning with a positive prognosis, hospital spokesman Carlos Delgado said.
The 23-year-old pilot was uninjured. He told investigators the aircraft, which he was operating on behalf of an El Cajon company named Air Ads Inc., lost power for unknown reasons while towing an advertising banner over the coastline.
—City News Service
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