Thursday, March 16, 2017

Van's RV-8, N46BV: Incident occurred March 16, 2017 in Willcox, Cochise County, Arizona

Two people were in the aircraft at the time of this incident.

Pilot and wife passenger are ok, no injuries. Engine failed and was able to land on a dirt road next to a pecan orchard.

The pilot called Albuquerque Center FAA Air Traffic Control Center and told them of the engine failure. They kept talking to him until he was close to the ground then lost radar and radio contact. He landed on Last Outpost Road.

Thank you SAR and all involved in responding to this call!

On Thursday March 16, at 12:10 p.m., the Cochise County Sheriff's Office received information of a possible downed aircraft near Willcox.

Albuquerque Air Traffic Control advised that the Van's RV-8 with one occupant left the airport there earlier this morning enroute to the Willcox airport.

Sheriff's Deputies responded along with Willcox Department of Public Safety and Albuquerque advised of last known GPS coordinates for the aircraft.

The pilot sent a text message to his son advising that he was not injured and that he crashed in a pecan orchard.

Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue personnel are in the area attempting to locate the plane and pilot and have not yet been physically located.

Original article can be found here:

WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man and his wife have escaped injury after their small plane crash-landed on a dirt road next to a pecan orchard in southern Arizona.

Cochise County Sheriff's officials say the single-propeller plane experienced engine failure shortly after noon Thursday near Willcox.

It was headed to the Willcox airport after a flight from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The pilot told authorities that he and his wife were not injured and the plane went down between San Simon and Bowie.

The man called Albuquerque's air traffic control center and told them of the engine failure.

Original article can be found here:

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