Herbert "Buzz" Waterhouse (right).
The pilot of a weight-shift-control aircraft was killed Thursday morning (June 18) in a crash near Taos Regional Airport shortly after 7:30 a.m.
New Mexico State Police confirmed the pilot to be Herbert "Buzz" Waterhouse, 69, of Arroyo Hondo.
Witnesses told state police the aircraft, an Apache Sport, took off from the airport flying west and appeared to circle around.
A crew from Kit Carson Electric Cooperative at a nearby construction site heard the engine make a revving sound and saw the aircraft flying back towards the airport before nosediving, according to state police Lt. Edwardo Martinez.
“It just went straight down,” he said.
The aircraft crashed west of the airport approximately 1/4 mile south of U.S. Highway 64.
Waterhouse appears to have died on impact, according to Martinez.
Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the scene Thursday afternoon to open an investigation into the cause of the crash.
Waterhouse is known locally for having owned and operated a prominent local bar, The Alley Cantina. He bought the restaurant with his wife, Ruth, in 1996 and sold it to three longtime employees in 2013.
BUZZ WATERHOUSE: http://registry.faa.gov/N51311