Monday, January 18, 2016

Cessna R172E T-41B Mescalero, N7909N: Incident occurred January 18, 2016 in Ellicott, El Paso County, Colorado

Date: 18-JAN-16 
Time: 22:41:00Z
Regis#: N7909N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Denver FSDO-03
City: COLORADO SPRINGS
State: Colorado

AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED IN A FIELD, NEAR COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
 
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE OWNER/PETERSON AERO CLUB OPERATOR:  http://registry.faa.gov/N7909N




A plane was forced to make an emergency landing Monday afternoon after reports of engine failure.

It happened at the intersection of Squirrel Creek Road and Ellicott Highway, south of Ellicott.

The plane was able to land safely and no one was injured.

It's not clear who the plane belongs to. 

Source:  http://www.kktv.com

A single-engine plane experiencing engine problems made an emergency landing Monday afternoon on a highway in eastern El Paso County, according to the Sheriff's Office.

No one was hurt.

The aircraft safely landed about 3:50 p.m. on Ellicott Highway at Squirrel Creek Road, just south of Ellicott, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby.

It is unknown how many people were on the plane.

Source:  http://gazette.com

Plane spotting enthusiasts soar across Southern California airports

Plane spotters, from left, Mark Ollier, Endaf Buckley and Julian Elnasser shoot photos of a jet taking off from LAX from a vantage point Clutter's Park in El Segundo, CA on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Clutter's Park offers plane spotters a vantage point of the southern side of LAX. Everyday, plane spotters gather near local airports photographing all types of airplanes ...



A distant speck in the sky approaches Los Angeles International Airport on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.

From his vantage point overlooking the runway, Julian Elnasser knows exactly what’s approaching.

“There’s EVA (Air) right there. That’s on the northern downwind. That’ll be landing on the north side,” he says in an authoritative tone that makes it sound as if he’s in the control tower directing air traffic.

“It’s an airline from Taiwan. They operate Boeing triple-seven 300 ERs into here. They do three daily flights,” explains the San Fernando Valley resident, who isn’t near the control tower at all.

He’s just 18 years old. With camera in hand, he stands at an observation deck on a small hill at Jim Clutter Park in El Segundo, which overlooks the fenced runway from across Imperial Highway.

He’s not alone. There are a few others with cameras and similarly encyclopedic knowledge of planes and airports. Like Elnasser, they’re all plane spotters.

Plane spotters are aviation enthusiasts who observe, photograph or track flying aircraft as a hobby. For many, their love of planes is a lifelong passion that developed as young kids watching planes fly above.

“You just like aviation, just like planes,” said 46-year-old Mark Ollier, a retired businessman from England who runs the popular SoCal Spotters website, where he offers tips on places to spot planes and other information for spotters.

“It’s just a hobby. Like people like playing golf, but we find golf boring. We just like taking pictures of planes.”

They gather in various viewing spots at airports like LAX, Long Beach Airport, Burbank Bob Hope Airport, Van Nuys Airport and Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

They all love aircraft, but their preferences in planes vary. Some spotters like the big commercial airliners or smaller private jets. Others look for rare or unusual aircraft that don’t often fly into the area. Or they search the skies for planes that have unusual paint schemes, which is known as livery. And a few write down or photograph the tail numbers to help them track where the planes have been.

Most take pictures of the planes in flight and post the images on online forums like Instagram, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook groups for other enthusiasts to admire.

It’s a hobby that’s been popular in Europe for years and is now growing in the U.S., spotters say.

“When I moved here in 2001, at Long Beach Airport, there was only me, but in the past five years there’s this whole community out there,” said 40-year-old Endaf Buckley, another plane spotter who moved here from Wales.

And despite the beefed-up security at airports in recent years, the enthusiasts who point their cameras at passing planes and have intimate knowledge of flights and airport traffic are generally welcomed by airport officials.

“LAX is a public place, and plane spotters can take photos anywhere a boarding pass is not needed,” said LAX spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado, via email. “Plane spotters are considered aviation enthusiasts, and they definitely help foster a love for travel and aviation. Many plane spotters have perfected their photography skills and capture breathtaking photos that ignite the interest of individuals who end up becoming plane spotters themselves.”

The airport even gears some of its social media toward plane spotters with tagging such as #TuesdayTakeoff and #LAXphotoweek campaigns, where spotters can tag and share their photos with LAX so they can be featured on the official airport galleries.

And when airlines hold events, like a recent unveiling of Air New Zealand’s all-black livery, a rare color scheme, airport officials reach out to plane spotters. About 150 enthusiasts attended the New Zealand event, Alvarado stated.

For spotters like Elnasser, the love of planes began while he was a child. He lived on the flight path of Bob Hope International Airport in Burbank, and his mother would take him out on the backyard to watch planes go by.

“I would just watch them go over, and she saw my interest and took me to my first air show, and I pointed out every single plane there. Before I could talk, I was into airplanes,” he said while watching planes land from the parking lot of the Proud Bird restaurant on Sunday, another popular LAX spotting location.

He was spotting planes there with Ollier and Buckley shortly before heading to Clutter Park.

For Buckley, who now lives in Long Beach, his love of planes also started as a child. He remembers seeing the Royal Welsh Air Force flying their planes by his home in Europe.

“The fact that you could have this piece of metal fly up in the air fascinated me, and it still does today,” he said.

As planes flew by the Proud Bird, Elnasser quickly identified each airliner.

“That’s a Delta Airline 757 300. It’s pretty common here,” he said, and then added as another flew by. “That’s a JetBlue Airbus A321.”

Then another aircraft caught his attention.

“It’s American, it’s new. It’s definitely new, it’s got the flexed wings,” he said as he got a better look once it got closer.

“American 78,” he shouted out to other plane spotters who rushed to take a picture of the airline’s new Boeing 787, which just started flying to LAX in October.

When they’re not trying to get the perfect picture, the spotting community connects online.

They belong to several Facebook groups, such as the 656-member strong SoCal Spotters News Group, and the 559-member Long Beach Aviation Spotters, where people post pictures of planes.

Recent posts on the SoCal Spotter group included photos of departing FedEx flights and Air China cargo flights at LAX.

There are also websites like the Aviation Photographers of Southern California, co-founded in 2007 by 41-year-old Lomita resident Damon Duran. The group has more than 1,000 members.

“For me, I just like anything that flies,” Duran said. “I like to capture it, get a good image. I like to capture the motion of an aircraft.”

The passion for flight is something plane spotters share with aviation officials such as Bryant Francis, the executive director of Long Beach Airport.

“I think it’s a great thing. It shows that there are people out there who are passionate about aviation, who love to be in this environment and generally love the wonder of flight,” Francis said.

While they’re welcoming of plane spotters, Francis noted that Long Beach Airport security will patrol the perimeter and at times question people who hang around near the airport. However, he also sees the spotters as extra eyes and ears when it comes to security.

“Spotters are typically friends of aviation,” he said.

Back at the Proud Bird restaurant, Elnasser recalled some of his recent standout spots as the group waited for more interesting flights to land.

“The other day, All Nippon Airways sent in their 787 with their ‘Star Wars’ livery. They were sending the actors from London to here back from the premiere, and we were all out here. There was a big group, and we took videos and photos of that,” he said.

“For me, it’s just the satisfaction of seeing something you normally wouldn’t see, and then I also come to hang out with friends. You also have a lot of great times here.”

For tips on where to spot planes, go to www.socalspotters.net.

Story and photo gallery:  http://www.sbsun.com

British Airways Eyes Leasing Secondhand Jets Rather Than Buying New Ones: Parent company IAG mulls leasing Airbus A380s, Boeing 777s

Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of International Consolidated Airlines Group.


The Wall Street Journal
By Robert Wall
Updated Jan. 18, 2016 5:03 p.m. ET


DUBLIN— British Airways is warming to the idea of flying leased, secondhand jetliners rather than buying new ones as parent company International Consolidated Airlines Group looks at how to save money in expanding its long-haul fleets.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s Chief Executive, said on Monday that the group is considering leasing used Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos as well as Boeing Co. 777-300ER long-range jets, marking a new commitment to the secondhand plane market.

British Airways used to focus principally on buying new long-range planes, but is taking a different approach to introducing extra aircraft, Mr. Walsh said on Monday. “We are quite happy to consider secondhand widebody aircraft,” he said.

Mr. Walsh said the airline operator could take around five or six A380s for the British carrier while sister Spanish carrier Iberia might also operate some of the jets. The leased Airbus aircraft would be equipped with engines made by Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC, he said. British Airways’s existing A380s planes are already Rolls-Royce powered.

The leasing plan comes at good time for IAG. The group last November raised its earnings outlook, its results buoyed by improving traffic, low fuel prices and the benefits of Mr. Walsh’s aggressive remaking of the business after the 2011 merger of British Airways and Iberia, involving thousands of job cuts and other acquisitions.

Mr. Walsh said the company also could lease used Boeing 777 planes to add to those already operated by British Aiirways. Mr. Walsh said one of his regrets has been not buying more of the Boeing planes.

The potential plane rentals come after Delta Air Lines Inc. Chief Executive Richard Anderson last year said secondhand prices for some long-range jets had fallen sharply.

British Airways, which operates 10 A380 planes and plans to introduce its final two already ordered this year, has options with the European plane maker to buy more of the double-decker aircraft. But the options are too expensive, so the airline is looking at the second hand market, Mr. Walsh said at the annual Airline Economics conference in Dublin.

Airbus has a $432.6 million list price on new A380 planes, though buyers typically get often big discounts.

Malaysia Airlines has said it is looking to shed some of its A380 planes which it considers surplus to current requirements. The airline’s six A380s are also Rolls-Royce powered.

An Airbus A380 on display at last year’s Paris Air Show. 

Though some airlines have struggled to fill the A380 which seats more than 450 passengers, Mr. Walsh said the plane has been a success for British Airways.

Airbus has been struggling to find new buyers for the A380, though it last year signed an agreement for three more of the planes. The Toulouse-based plane maker also faced a risk that in coming years planes coming off lease could weigh on demand for new models.

Mr. Walsh also said he expected IAG to focus primarily on cost-cutting at British Airways, Iberia and budget carrier Vueling this year. Despite a slowdown in Asian economies, he said China and the region remained a focus for expansion, not just by British Airways but also by Iberia, amid growing demand for air travel. Chinese bookings have remained good despite economic turmoil in the country, he said.

British Airways is also considering adding Tehran as a destination to its network after the removal of international sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program, Mr. Walsh said.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.wsj.com

Aviation company to take over hangar at Middle Georgia Regional Airport (KMCN), Macon, Bibb County, Georgia

Yulista Aviation plans to open its doors Tuesday to a airplane hangar in Macon.

The 21,000-square-foot hangar at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport will offer hangar and office space to support aviation programs, according to a news release from the company.

Yulista, which has offices in Byron and Warner Robins, provides aviation prototyping, engineering and manufacturing support, and currently has more than 40 employees.

"Yulista Aviation has been supporting the Warner Robins Air Force community since 2011," President Darrell Harrison said in a statement. "This new hangar will provide Yulista the capability to meet a broader range of customer requirements and satisfy national security needs. This new facility will increase the opportunities to grow the Macon and Warner Robins workforce."

In addition to the U.S. Air Force, the new hangar will support other Department of Defense services and federal government agencies, the release said. Yulista will be supporting a broad range of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft.

The Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority has invested "over $1 million" in a partnership with Yulista by leasing the hangar, according to a news release Monday from the authority.

During last month's authority meeting, members agreed to buy about 8 acres from Lowe Aviation and others, and to acquire the leasehold interests of a large airplane hangar and some smaller temporary hangars for a total of $900,000.

The partnership with Yulista "positions Macon-Bibb (County) for exceptional economic growth and job creation in the aviation/aerospace industry," the release said.

Authority Chairman Cliffard Whitby said in the statement that Yulista working with the authority to repurpose an existing hangar at the airport "exemplifies how communities and companies can creatively collaborate, irrespective of lines on a map, to the benefit of everyone."

Yulista Aviation Inc. is one of seven subsidiaries of Yulista Holding, and the parent company is Calista Corp., a native-owned regional corporation formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.

Source: http://www.macon.com

Hubert "Jerry" Dwyer: 'Go-to guy' in North Iowa aviation dies

Hubert "Jerry" Dwyer


MASON CITY | Hubert "Jerry" Dwyer was remembered Monday as a great pilot who devoted his life to aviation.

Dwyer, 85, died Saturday at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient unit.

He is known to many in North Iowa as the man on duty at Mason City Municipal Airport in the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 1959, when the plane carrying singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson "The Big Bopper" took off and crashed in a field a few minutes later. All three singers were killed as was pilot Roger Peterson.

Dwyer found the wreckage. The crash came to be known by the song lyric "the day the music died." Dwyer was interviewed by media from all over the world for the next 50 years about his memories of that night.

But North Iowa aviation enthusiasts remember him for far more than one fateful night.

Pam Osgood, manager of the Mason City Municipal Airport, said, "I knew Jerry for over 25 years and his legacy at the airport began long before then. His love of aviation was known by all who met him throughout his lifetime.

"Jerry shared so many wonderful stories with me over the years of his love of aviation from the time he was a young boy and his life long passion of flying.  Each story was unique and I always enjoyed hearing them. His detailed recollection of each one truly kept your interest. Jerry will be missed."

Joni Dunn, a licensed pilot and longtime chairwoman of the Airport Commission, said, "Jerry was the finest pilot I have ever known. It was a natural thing with him, a God-given gift. He dedicated his life to aviation."

Dunn said she and her husband, Mike, both got their pilot licenses from Dwyer. She remembers vividly going up in a plane with Dwyer during her training and how he would simulate dangerous situations and ask her "Now, what would you do?"

"He was a wonderful teacher," she said. 

Tom Hovland, a license pilot and current chairman of the Airport Commission, said, "I started flying with Jerry. When he was teaching you, there were three things you needed — a pilot, a teacher and a nice day.

"He was a phenomenal pilot. He was cool, calm and collected under pressure and in North Iowa, he was the go-to guy in aviation for many years."

Hovland said there wasn't much Dwyer couldn't do in a plane. "Jerry could fly anything. He'd just jump in it and away he'd go."

But he had another trait he will be remembered for, said Hovland. "He was a class act." 

Dwyer started flying at the age of 13. By age 15, he owned his first plane, a 1939 Aeronca Chief. He was so young, the plane had to be registered in his father's name, according to Globe Gazette files.

In 1949, he joined the Air National Guard and soon earned his commercial and instructor ratings. He started Dwyer Aircraft in Oelwein in 1952 and moved to Charles City two years later to become the airport manager there.

He then relocated to Mason City in 1957 as airport manager and started one of the first commuter flights from Mason City to Minneapolis.

In 2005, he was inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame and had clocked more than 40,000 flight hours.

In 2008, Dwyer received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, both from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Arrangements are pending at Ward-VanSlyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake.

Source:  http://globegazette.com

Cessna 150, N9851J, LCFS LLC: Incident occurred June 16, 2017 at Tecumseh Municipal Airport (0G3), Johnson County, Nebraska and Incident occurred January 18, 2016 near Council Bluffs Municipal Airport (KCBF), Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln 

LCFS LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N9851J


Aircraft on final, landed short of the runway.  


Date: 16-JUN-17
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N9851J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: TECUMSEH
State: NEBRASKA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Des Moines

Aircraft force landed in a field. 

Date: 18-JAN-16
Time: 16:55:00Z
Regis#: N9851J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: COUNCIL BLUFFS
State: Iowa




(Council Bluffs) -- Council Bluffs Police say two occupants of a small plane walked away from an emergency landing late Monday morning.

Police say the small Cessna aircraft landed in a bean field north of a housing subdivision near East Manawa Drive and Red Tail Road in Council Bluffs shortly before 11 a.m. 

An investigation determined the plane experienced engine trouble after taking off from the Council Bluffs Airport.

The pilot, identified as Travis Yohn, safely landed the plane in the empty field.

The pilot and his passenger, Connor Galvan, were not injured, and the plane suffered no visible damage.

Officers are working with the Federal Aviation Administration and Council Bluffs Airport personnel in removing the airplane from the field.

Source:  http://www.kmaland.com


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa —A small airplane made an emergency landing in a bean field Monday morning, the Council Bluffs Police Department said in a release.

Emergency personnel were called at 10:59 a.m. to an area of East Manawa Drive and Red Tail Road.

An investigation revealed that the single-engine Cessna took off from the Council Bluffs Airport and began experiencing engine troubles, the release said. 

Pilot Travis Yohn safely landed the plane in the empty field. He and the other occupant, Connor Galvin, were both unhurt.

The airplane sustained no visible damage.

The Council Bluffs Police Department is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and Council Bluffs Airport personnel in removing the plane from the field.

Source:  http://www.ketv.com

Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1, N711BX: Fatal accident occurred January 18, 2016 in Cedar Fort, Utah

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board : http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

Donald L. Baker: http://registry.faa.gov/N711BX

NTSB Identification: WPR16FA054
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 18, 2016 in Cedar Fort, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 525, registration: N711BX
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 18, 2016, about 1000 mountain standard time, a Cessna 525, N711BX, was destroyed following an airframe in-flight breakup while maneuvering at altitude near Cedar Fork, Utah. The airline transport rated pilot and his sole passenger sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site at the time of the event. The personal cross-county flight was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed and active at the time of the accident. The airplane departed the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), Salt Lake City, Utah, about 0950, with Tucson International Airport (TUS), Tucson, Arizona, reported as its destination. 

Initial air traffic control data indicated that shortly after takeoff and while proceeding southbound, the pilot reported that he had experienced a Flight Management System (FMS) failure, and that he needed to fly straight and climb while he tried to program the backup FMS. The controller then instructed the pilot to climb to flight level 310, or 31,000 feet mean sea level, as well as provided the pilot with vectors around light precipitation. Shortly thereafter, the pilot declared a MAYDAY, stated that he was having difficulty with the backup FMS, and that he was hand-flying the airplane. At this time the controller issued the pilot a no-gyro turn to the left to avoid precipitation, after which the airplane's airspeed was observed to fluctuate significantly. The airplane was then observed turning to the right before the radar target was lost. There were no further transmissions from the accident airplane. 

The airplane's wreckage was located in open, flat pasture ground, about 1 nautical mile (nm) southwest of Cedar Fort, Utah, and about 28 nm south-southwest of SLC. A survey of the accident site revealed that the linear debris path of wreckage extended for about 1 nm on a west to east orientation. All of the airplane's primary flight controls were accounted for at the accident site. At the time of recovery, the airplane's left engine had not been located, however, search efforts remain in progress. The wreckage was recovered to a secured storage facility in Phoenix, Arizona, for further examination. 

At 0953, the SLC weather reporting facility, which is located about 28 nm north-northeast of the accident site, reported wind calm, visibility 10 miles, light rain, broken clouds at 2,700 feet, overcast clouds at 4,500 feet, temperature 3 degrees C, dew point 1 degree C, and an altimeter setting of 30.07 inches of mercury.

N711BX first checks on with Salt Lake Departure at 21:38  http://archive-server.liveatc.net





Obituary 
Donald Baker

Donald Lee Baker, 59, died Jan. 18, 2016, in an airplane accident with his wife, Dawn Hunter-Baker, while returning from a conference in Deer Valley, Utah.

Mr. Baker moved to Tucson 30 years ago. He was raised in Venice Beach, Calif. He was the co-owner of Larsen Baker LLC, a real estate development firm he co-founded in Arizona in 1992 with partner George Larsen. Mr. Baker served as a longtime member of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s board and executive committee. He also championed the construction of the Tucson Hebrew Academy, sharing his passion for building and education. He recently earned his master’s degree in real estate development at the University of Arizona, exemplifying his love for learning and growing.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his father, Joey Baker. Survivors include his mother, Millie Baker; children, Lindsey and Josh; siblings, Jan and Norman; and ex-wife and friend, Shelley Pozez, along with other members of the Pozez and Lubin families.

A memorial service for Mr. Baker and Ms. Hunter-Baker will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Memorial donations may be made to the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona or Tucson Hebrew Academy. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary.

Source:  http://azjewishpost.com

Dawn Elizabeth Hunter-Baker 
May 8, 1959 - January 18, 2016

Dawn Elizabeth Hunter-Baker of Newport Beach, California entered Don's life in 2008. Passed away January 18, 2016.

Dawn is part of a large and incredibly close family.

Dawn's passing leaves in tears her mother Nancy Drumheller; sisters, Janice MacAlpine (Mac) and Joyce Courville; brother, Darin Drumheller and only nephew, Brandon Bowers.

Dawn was a strong and independent businesswoman when they met and fell in love. They were married on November 11, 2011 on Catalina Island, and Dawn moved her business to Tucson to start their new life together. She became a supporting partner in all of their endeavors. They laughed often, loved deeply and truly enjoyed their life together, albeit too brief. In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.  

Service
JAN 22. 10:00 AM

Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ, US, 85718

Source:  http://www.evergreenmortuary-cemetery.com

  Donald Lee Baker 
May 7, 1956 - January 18, 2016 

We mourn the passing of Donald Lee Baker on January 18, 2016, who was in an airplane accident with his wife Dawn Hunter-Baker while returning from a conference in Deer Valley, Utah.


Don and Dawn were a vibrant couple who cherished their life together and who died living the life they loved. 

Don Baker, 59, moved to Tucson 30 years ago.


Don was raised in the sunshine and ocean waves of Venice Beach, California. He is the loving father of Lindsey and Josh; the dutiful son of Millie and Joey (deceased) Baker; a rock to siblings, Jan and Norman; a caring ex-husband and friend of Shelley Pozez, and a committed member of the Pozez and Lubin families. 


Don is the co-owner of Larsen Baker LLC, and a successful developer in the Arizona firm that he co-founded in 1992 with partner George Larsen. He was loved by George and Margaret, and by the entire Larsen Baker staff and well respected by Tucson's real estate and business community. 


Don's impact on the Tucson community extended well beyond his business.


Don made a lasting mark on the community at large, generously sharing his time, talent and treasures with local, state and national organizations. Donald served as a longtime member of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona's Board and Executive Committee. 


Don also championed the construction of the Tucson Hebrew Academy, sharing his passion for building and education. 


Don recently earned his Maters in Real Estate Development at the University of Arizona, exemplifying his love for learning and growing.


Don cherished his extended family and friends whom are dispersed throughout the country and across the world and are profoundly saddened by the loss of Don and Dawn. Those of us who knew them and loved them know that their memory will live on in all of our hearts. 


A Memorial Service for Don and Dawn will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Jewish Community Center. In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona or Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA).


Service

JAN 22. 10:00 AM

Jewish Community Center 
3800 E. River Road
 Tucson, AZ, US, 85718 

Source:  http://www.evergreenmortuary-cemetery.com

Donald Baker and Dawn Hunter 


TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -   Authorities have confirmed the identities of two people who were killed in a plane crash in Utah on Monday, Jan. 18. 

Donald L. Baker, 59, and his wife, Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55, died when their plane, a 1999 Cessna Citation 525, crashed near Cedar Fort, according to a news release.

Baker was the owner and the pilot of the plane. 

Authorities said Baker had filed a flight plan leaving from Salt Lake City to Tucson.

It appears he encountered some kind of mechanical problems and may have been attempting to return to Salt Lake City.

Witnesses told the Utah County Sheriff’s Office they heard a loud boom and saw the airplane, on fire and coming apart, fall to the ground just before 10 a.m.

"I thought someone had actually hit the building," Cheleae Paiz, a manager of an area market, told Gephardt Daily. "I went outside and looked to see if someone had hit the building when the next thing I knew there were cops headed down the road."

According to his Facebook page, Baker is co-owner of Larsen Baker, LLC., a Tucson-based commercial real estate firm.

He married his wife a few years ago.  

Staff at Larsen Baker, LLC. released a statement Monday that stated they were "trying to digest this tragedy and ask for forbearance in this extremely trying time."

One real estate expert estimated Larsen Baker, LLC. owns more than 2.5 million square feet of retail space in southern Arizona.  

The properties they own include the Marana Marketplace, The Plaza at the Williams Center off Broadway, and the 22nd Street Auto Mall, among others.

Bruce Ash, a certified property manager at the Paul Ash Management company, had known Baker since he moved to Tucson more than 25 years ago. 

"I'm just absolutely devastated ... We traveled together. We would have dinner once a month. Don was not the sort of person to take chances. He was a very, very careful pilot; very fastidious at everything that he did, a very, very experienced flyer. I'm just devastated," Ash said.

Harry Mordka, the former owner of Harvey Mordka Realty, described Baker as a professional who was very good at what he did.  

Mordka said Baker had acquired his family-owned property, the Frontier Village shopping center at Pima and Alvernon, and done a great job in upgrading the store fronts and parking lot.

Baker was also a central figure in Tucson's Jewish community.  

Stu Mellan with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona described him as a good philanthropist who contributed time, money and expertise into bringing many projects to life.

Baker was a big champion of the Tucson Hebrew Academy and on the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

"He was a very heavy hitter. Don was one of the biggest developers and operators certainly here in Arizona, very well respected by all of his peers and by all of his competitors. Everybody thought the world of Don Baker," Ash said.

Authorities said the couple was returning home from a conference in Park City, Utah.  

Sources close to the investigation said Baker made a mayday call for help when he encountered bad weather.


Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com


CEDAR FORT, Utah – A jet plane crash in Utah County has claimed the lives of a prominent Arizona businessman and his wife.

According to Utah County Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Donald L. Baker, 59, and his wife, Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55, died when their 1999 Cessna Citation 525 crashed in a field near Cedar Fort.


Dispatchers received a call at about 10 a.m. from witnesses who reported seeing an airplane crashing in a ball of flames in a large field just west of Utah Lake, near Provo.


Cannon said they were able to locate two occupants, both of whom are deceased.


According to Flight Aware, a plane registered to Donald L. Baker of Tucson, Arizona, left the Salt Lake International Airport at 9:51 a.m Monday morning, and was headed to the Tucson International Airport. It was scheduled to arrive at 11:33 but the website does not show the plane arriving at its destination.


Sonu Wasu, a reporter with Tucson News Now, said she has spoken with a few of Baker’s colleagues, and they reported a mayday call from Baker was received indicating that he had hit “white-out” conditions, and was requesting permission to fly at higher altitudes when communication was lost.


According to his Facebook page, Baker is a co-owner of Larsen Baker, LLC., a Tucson-based commercial real estate firm. On their Linkedin page they describe the firm as the largest independent retail-commercial property owner in Tucson, managing more than 2 million square feet of commercial space in more than 148 locations throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.


One real estate expert estimated Larsen Baker, LLC. owns more than 2.5 million square feet of retail space in southern Arizona.


A statement was given to Tucson News Now by Larsen Baker, LLC:


“Donald Baker’s plane was involved in an accident near Salt Lake City, UT. Larsen Baker has not received any official confirmation from authorities. We are trying to digest this tragedy, and we ask for forbearance in this extremely trying time. A statement will be made later this week once more information is known.”


Bruce Ash, a certified property manager at the Paul Ash Management company, told Tuscon News Now that he had known Baker since he moved to Tucson more than 25 years ago.


“I’m just absolutely devastated…we traveled together, we would have dinner once a month. Don was not the sort of person to take chances, he was a very, very careful pilot. Very fastidious at everything that he did, a very, very experienced flyer, I’m just devastated,” Ash said. “He was a very heavy hitter. Don was one of the biggest developers and operators certainly here in Arizona, very well respected by all of his peers and by all of his competitors. Everybody thought the world of Don Baker”


Baker was also a well known figure in a tight knit Jewish community.


In an interview with Tuscon News Now, Stu Mellan with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona described him as a good philanthropist who contributed time, money and expertise into bringing many projects to life.


Officials said Baker and his wife were returning home from a conference in Park City.


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CEDAR FORT, Utah - Officials have identified two people killed in a small plane crash in Utah County Monday morning. 

Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said a witness saw the twin-engine jet go down just before 10 a.m. and saw flames on the south side of SR-73 near Cedar Fort.


Occupants aboard the aircraft were married couple Donald L. Baker, 59, and Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55, from Tucson, Ariz.


The crash had broad debris field spreading over an area approximately two miles long and a quarter-mile wide, officials said.


The couple was returning home from a conference in Park City. Baker had filed a flight plan leaving from Salt Lake City to fly back to Tucson.


“It appears he encountered some kind of mechanical problems and may have been attempting to return to Salt Lake City,” officials say.


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Two people were killed Monday in a plane crash near Cedar Fort in western Utah County.

According to Utah County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a call came in at 10 a.m. of a two-engine passenger jet plane crash. Witnesses said they heard a loud boom, felt a vibration and then saw smoke and flames from a small field about a mile and a half east of State Route 73.

The two people killed in the crash have been identified as the pilot and owner of the plane, Donald L. Baker, 59, of Tucson, Arizona, and his wife Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55. According to the sheriff's office, the aircraft was a 1999 Cessna Citation 525.

No foul play is expected, and neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, Cannon said.

Baker had filed a flight plan leaving from Salt Lake City bound for Tucson. According to an air traffic control broadcast, Baker lost instrument control mid-flight. However, he reported he could still fly the plane. Radar lost him a few minutes after his emergency mayday call.

"My altitude will not hold right now ... OK -- mayday -- I do need to get up higher, 711 bravo X-ray. I'm losing different instruments. I'd really like to get into clearer weather," Baker said in a radio transmission to an air traffic control tower operator.

The plane was listed as "lost" with the FAA; in flight, the plane stopped transmitting its location.

Cannon believes the plane was possibly flying north to south. The FAA visited the crash site Monday, and the National Transportation Safety Board will arrive on Tuesday. Cannon said the plane had a capacity of eight to 10 people.

Deputies and search-and-rescue crews are on scene. A search perimeter, including a debris field of at least one mile long and up to a half mile wide, has been established as officials try to determine why the plane crashed and attempt to locate the black box.

A witness on the ground, Jordan Jones from El Paso, Texas, said he heard an explosion overhead and the sound of a plane going down, though he never heard an impact. Jones was in the area while making a trailer purchase.

"I heard the explosion. I heard the plane come down," Jones said. "But I didn't hear anything of the plane hitting. ... I waited to hear the explosion, but I didn't hear anything where the plane hit."

Officials cannot confirm if the plane exploded in air or on impact.

Chelene Paiz, owner of the Junction Market, said she heard a loud sound between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. from within the store.

"All of a sudden, I thought someone had hit my building, but I look out and nobody hit my building," Paiz said. "But about 5-10 minutes later, sheriffs head down Station Road."

Weather in the Cedar Fort area was 32 degrees and overcast, with a mix of snow and rain throughout the morning. It is unknown if weather was a contributing factor in the crash.

Police and rescue teams could only access the plane by foot because of the deep snow.

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Donald Baker and Dawn Hunter 


CEDAR FORT, Utah County — Two people died in a plane crash Monday morning, according to Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

Police identified the victims as Donald Baker, 59, and Dawn Hunter, 55, of Tucson, Arizona. The husband and wife were returning home after a conference in Park City when the plane caught fire, according to Cannon.

Baker, the pilot, made a distress call before the plane crashed, Cannon said.

"We had witnesses who saw a plane go down," he said. "They reported they saw flames and heard a large noise or some kind of crash or explosion" around 10 a.m.

A twin-engine jet capable of carrying as many as 10 people went down about a mile east of state Route 73 in Cedar Fort, about three-quarters of a mile away from the nearest home, he said.

Authorities didn't know Monday whether there were additional fatalities aboard the aircraft or on the ground, according to Cannon.

"That debris field covers maybe as much as a mile, so we're going to be spending a lot of time looking there. We know there were at least two occupants, and both of those have died in the crash," he said.

It was not known Wednesday where the flight originated from, Cannon said, but he was certain it wasn't from the Cedar Valley Airport.

Search and rescue crews were expected to aid in the search.

"It's difficult. It's rural, open country there. There's deep snow," Cannon said, expressing concern that the debris from the crash could be buried by snow.

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Tucson businessman Donald L. Baker
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CEDAR FORT, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) Search and rescue crews are sorting through debris and wreckage, Monday evening, after a small twin engine aircraft crashed into a field, killing two people. 

The jet crashed about a mile south of SR-73 around 10:00 A.M.  

Authorities say the aircraft likely malfunctioned somehow, while still in the air.  Witnesses reported seeing flames on the aircraft and debris falling from the sky for nearly a mile before the jet crashed into the field. 

"I heard the explosion first, and then I heard the plane coming down," one witness said.  

"I thought somebody hit the building.  That's what it felt like.  It felt like somebody hit the building, and I went and I looked, and there was nobody out there.  But then, within five minutes the Sheriff's officers were down the street," said Chelene Paiz, who manages The Junction, a nearby gas station. 

The Utah County Sheriff's Office initially responded to the incident and stayed on scene assisting FAA officials, Monday evening.  Authorities say NTSB is expected to show up to investigate the crash further on Tuesday.  

Victims in Cedar Fort plane crash were identified as Donald L. Baker, 59, & Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55, of Tucson, Ariz.

The aircraft was a 1999 Cessna Citation 525. Baker had filed a flight plan leaving from Salt Lake City flying to Tucson, Ariz. 

Officials say it appears he encountered some kind of mechanical problems and may have been attempting to return to Salt Lake City.

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(KUTV) Two people have died after a small plane crash in Cedar Fort Monday morning.

According to Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a small twin-engine jet crashed into a field near Cedar Fort around 10 a.m. Those killed were Donald L. Baker, 59, and his wife, Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55, both of Tucson, Arizona.

Cannon said Baker had filed a flight plan from Salt Lake City to Tucson, but it appears the 1999 Cessna Citation 525 aircraft had some type of mechanical problem. The plane may have been on its way back to Salt Lake when the crash occurred, Cannon said.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly how the crash happened.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and seeing an airplane on fire and coming apart, falling to the ground.

Officials said the debris field was spread over an area about two miles long and a quarter mile wide. Investigators were conducting a search of the area to locate any items from the plane or other evidence that might be related to the crash. Heavy snow and fog made the search difficult.


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An Arizona couple died after a private jet flying from Salt Lake City to Tucson crashed in a snowy field in Utah on Monday morning, officials said.

Deputies from the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash after residents in Cedar Fort, a small town about 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, witnessed the crash of the small twin-engine aircraft at around 10 a.m.

"Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and seeing an airplane, on fire and coming apart, falling to the ground," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Deputies discovered two bodies in the plane. The victims were later identified as Donald L. Baker, 59, and his wife, Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55, both of Tucson.

Baker is the co-owner and principal of Larsen Baker LLC, a prominent Tucson-based company that develops and manages commercial real estate and retail properties. According to the company's website, Baker was responsible for construction, development, acquisition and management of the firm's properties.

The plane, a Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1, was registered to Baker.

The plane left Salt Lake City International Airport about 10 minutes before the crash and was scheduled to land in Tucson at 11:30 a.m., according to the FlightAware website, which tracks aircraft and flight paths.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said it appeared Baker experienced mechanical problems and may have been trying to fly back to Salt Lake City.

Search and rescue volunteers helped investigators comb through the broad debris field, looking for clues about the cause of the crash, the Utah authorities said.

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