December 6, 2023
San Diego County
Medical Examiner’s Workplace. Picture by way of @SanDiegoCounty Twitter

Authorities Monday launched the identify of a Carlsbad physicist and skilled pilot who was killed final week when the sunshine airplane he was flying crashed on a La Jolla hillside throughout a rainstorm.

Michael Salour, 74, was piloting a Cessna P210 Centurion from the San Francisco Bay Space to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad on Wednesday night when he was diverted to Montgomery Subject because of inclement climate, based on the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Workplace.

After making an aborted try to land on the Kearny Mesa airport, Salour continued flying to the northwest alongside the coast amid fog and rain, officers stated. At about 9:30 p.m., he radioed that the airplane was working out of gas, after which flight controllers misplaced contact with him.

Shortly earlier than 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police discovered the wreckage of the airplane on an open slope south of Gilman and La Jolla Village drives with Salour’s physique nonetheless within the pilot’s seat.

The founding father of a number of Carlsbad-based corporations — together with Linkatel, Tactical Air Navigation and Built-in Photonic Applied sciences — Salour had over 30 years of expertise in growing and commercializing cutting-edge applied sciences within the communications and integrated-photonics industries, based on his skilled web site. He held 19 patents in electro-optic and built-in optical applied sciences.

Previous to creating these corporations, he held a wide range of analysis and college positions at Harvard College, Massachusetts Institute of Know-how, and Imperial Faculty of Science and Know-how.

As a pilot, Salour had logged greater than 17,700 hours of flight time had an airline-transport license, with certifications in numerous company/enterprise jets and huge transport plane, together with DC-3, DC-9, DC-10, B-727, B-737 and B-747 airliners. He additionally held flight-engineer, flight-instructor and instrument-flight-instructor certifications, based on his internet web page.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Nationwide Transportation Security Board are investigating the deadly accident.

Up to date at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 20, 2023

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.