Thursday, June 29, 2017

Vans RV-7, N731RV: Fatal accident occurred June 27, 2017 in Arlington, Arizona

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA134
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Arlington, AZ
Aircraft: JORDAN JOHN RV7, registration: N731RV
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 June 27, 2017 about 0850 Mountain standard time, a Vans RV-7, N731RV, was destroyed when it impacted mountainous terrain near Arlington, Arizona. The pilot who was the registered owner of the airplane, and a pilot-rated passenger sustained fatal injuries. The flight was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from Buckeye Municipal Airport, Buckeye, Arizona about 0835.

On June 27, 2017, at 1316, an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued for the airplane after family members of the pilot became concerned when he did not arrive at his intended destination. At 1810, the airplane wreckage was found by the sheriff's department in the Gila Mountains. 

There were no reported witnesses to the accident.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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John McMahon

One of two people killed in the crash of a small airplane Tuesday in the Gila Bend Mountains has been identified as Buckeye city Airport Coordinator John McMahon.

“The entire city mourns the loss of John,” Mayor Jackie Meck said in a prepared statement. “John was a very special man who loved his family, his faith and always saw the very best in people. The city of Buckeye has lost a family member and we will miss him greatly.”

McMahon and another person, whom authorities had declined to name Wednesday, were in a two-passenger aircraft identified by the Federal Aviation Admission as a Vans RV-7. The aircraft took off from Buckeye Municipal Airport at about 8 a.m. Tuesday and was scheduled to return by 10 a.m.

The Arizona Search and Rescue Coordinators Association worked with the Maricopa Ccounty Sheriff's Office to look for the missing plane, according to Jesse Robinson, one of the coordinators.

"The whole operation took about two hours," Robinson said.

The wreckage was located just before 5 p.m. in a field 17 miles southwest of Buckeye. A Sheriff's Office helicopter was used to locate the downed plane in a field in the Gila Bend Mountains. 

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

A Buckeye city spokeswoman said McMahon's family members gave them permission to reveal his identity. A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office statement issued Wednesday morning said the deceased would be positively identified by the medical examiner.

McMahon started working for Buckeye's Public Works department in 2012 and became the city's airport coordinator in October 2013. He also earned his private pilot certification while working for the city of Buckeye, according to an online tribute posted on the city's website.

McMahon is survived by his wife and three children. His family has set up a memorial fund at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.

BUCKEYE, AZ - A plane that took off from the Buckeye airport crashed in the Gila Bend Mountains on Tuesday, killing two occupants.

According to Ian Gregor, a public affairs manager with the FAA, a Vans RV-7 left Buckeye and was expected to return about 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

The City of Buckeye announced on Wednesday afternoon that John McMahon, the city's Airport Coordinator, passed away in the crash. The other person killed in the crash has not been identified. 

The aircraft was reported overdue and a search was conducted. Wreckage of the plane was located about 17 miles southwest of Buckeye before 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the cause of the crash. 

A memorial fund for John's family has been set up at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union. 

Account Name: Memorial Account for John McMahon
Routing: 122187238
Account Type: Savings
Account #: 00005068290001

1 comment:

Vance said...

John was always willing to go above and beyond to help pilots at BXK.
I will miss him and his pleasant demeanor a lot.