According to the FAA, the engine of the Pitts Biplane failed midair after it took off from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport. The pilot was attempting to divert it to Oceanside airport when it went down in a nearby field.
There were 2 people aboard at the time of incident; Lance Murray, the pilot and Daniel Harabagiu, his passenger. Both of them suffered only minor scratches.
The FAA and the NTSB is investigating the incident.