Belmont couple killed Sunday in small plane crash on hillside near Livermore

Plane was en route from Auburn to San Carlos Airport

A Belmont couple in their 70s was killed Sunday when their small plane crashed into a hill near Livermore in rainy weather, a Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office lieutenant said.

The couple was identified as Oskar Huber, 77, and his wife Julia, 75, both experienced pilots. They were returning home after a Mother's Day visit to their son's home in Auburn, a 45-minute trip they often made in their Piper Cherokee, which they kept at the San Carlos Airport.

"It is a very, very sad thing on Mother's Day," sheriff's Lt. Eric

Navarro said.

The plane crashed in rough terrain at about 10:50 a.m. Sunday morning five to six miles northeast of the Livermore Municipal Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The site is a rural, hilly area off of Morgan Territory Road.

The Piper looked like it hit the top of a tree, and then crashed about 15 feet from the crest of the hill, Navarro added.

No one witnessed the crash, but Navarro said the pair had

contacted the Livermore Municipal Airport before they went down.

"We don't know why it occurred, but it has been raining and

hailing and there is a very low flight ceiling," he said Sunday afternoon.

A diaper and some children's books were also found at the crash scene but sheriff investigators determined only the two adults were on board.

FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be at the crash site today, Gregor said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 10, 2010 at 8:14 am

How sad to read this. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.

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