SF Psychiatrist Killed in Napa Plane Crash

Cessna crashed into hillside just after takeoff

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2009  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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SF Psychiatrist Killed in Napa Plane Crash

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The Cessna, similar to this one, crashed shortly after it took off from the Napa airport.

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The Napa County coroner's office has identified San Francisco psychiatrist Kenneth Gottlieb as the pilot who died this morning when his plane crashed near the Napa County Airport.

Sheriff's Lt. Tracey Stuart said Gottlieb, 67, was flying to Bakersfield on business and then intended to fly to New Mexico to meet his wife.

The Gottliebs have homes in Napa and San Francisco, Stuart said. A  friend of the Gottlieb family notified Gottlieb's wife, Gail, of his death and Stuart said she spoke to Gail Gottlieb shortly after noon today.

Gottlieb kept the single-engine Cessna 182 Skylane at the Napa County Airport, Stuart said.

The plane, with the tail number N23750, crashed at about 4:30 a.m. into a hillside off Watson Lane east of state Highway 29 shortly after it took off from a Napa airport bound for Bakersfield, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The crash happened on property owned by Jaeger Vineyards near American Canyon and caused a one-acre grass fire that crews from Cal Fire quickly extinguished.

Sheriff's deputies went to the scene after they noticed a glow on the hillside, Stuart said.

Gottlieb's was the only one aboard. His body was found outside the plane.

Stuart said results of toxicology tests are pending but there is no indication alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate the incident.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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