Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lancair Evolution, N571JM: Fatal accident occurred July 17, 2017 near Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona

Krista Evers Buchanan

Krista Evers Buchanan graduated from Liberty University last year. 
Krista got married last July.

Alan E. Ram

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


Aircraft crashed short of the approach end of the runway. The two (2) souls on board were fatally injured.

Date: 17-JUL-17

Time: 23:47:00Z
Regis#: N571JM
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: EVOLUTION
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: MESA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov

Alan Ram was well-known in the automotive industry and the Scottsdale consulting firm he founded helped train scores of employees, managers and executives at dealerships and other businesses in the U.S. Canada.

Krista Evers Buchanan graduated from Liberty University last year. She got married last July.

Alan Ram, 53, and Krista Evers Buchanan, 22, died Monday in a plane crash in Mesa near Falcon Field. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal plane crash.

Ram was the pilot of the small plane that crashed on Longbow Golf Course near the Mesa airfield that is home to Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and other businesses.

The Scottsdale CEO and former Marine was well-known in the automotive industry. He was the founder of Alan Ram’s Proactive Training Solutions.

The CBT Automotive News where Ram was a frequent contributor talked about the business executives contributions and impact.

Liberty Champion — a newspaper at the Christian university — announced Buchanan’s death to the community there.

Evers Buchanan received her degree in advertising and public relations.

“Krista was a beautiful soul with a bright future. While at Liberty, she served our digital media honor society faithfully, initiating and managing social media pages for the group. In the classroom, Krista was a diligent worker who pushed herself to growth,” Liberty University professor Amy Bonebright told the Liberty Champion.

Buchanan received student of the year honors in 2016 from the Liberty communications school.

The last post by Ram on his Facebook page was picture of a small airplane.

Buchanan's last Facebook cover photo was from her wedding.


MESA, Ariz.- The Mesa Police Department have identified the two victims who died Monday when a plane crashed onto a golf course near Falcon Field Airport.

The aircraft that crashed was a Lancair Evolution carrying the pilot, Alan Ram, 53, and passenger Krista Buchanan, 22, who died on scene, according to police.

Ram was a successful businessman here in the Valley who owned Alan Ram’s Proactive Training Solutions. His business focused on increasing individual and dealership productivity in the automotive industry.  

Ram served as a Marine early in his life and was about to get married to the love of his life.

A few of his friends talked with 12 News today about how incredible he was.

"Alan was a very special friend to me. Someone that watched over me, always had my back, would have anybody's back," Sara Jocelyn Borrillo  said. "He really cared about people and would do anything for anybody. I've flown with him dozens of times and he was a great pilot."

"I just found out about this tragic news and I still can't believe it," Eric Meza said. "Alan was a man's man. He had a big heart and he cared for you." 

Ram owned many planes, including the Lancair Evolution that went down Monday afternoon.

Mesa police and fire crews were dispatched to Longbow Golf Course near Highway 202 and Recker Road just before 5 p.m. Monday when the plane crashed on the 10th hole fairway.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration's Allen Kenitzer, the plane reported mechanical trouble and couldn't reach the airport.

Ram was communicating with the Falcon Field Airport Tower moments before the crash. Audio of that conversation indicates Ram was experiencing electrical issues.

The conversation went as follows:

Ram: And Falcon Tower, Evolution 571JM.

Tower: 571JM Falcon Tower, you're number two...just a two mile final, Runway 22 Left, clear to land.

Ram: Runway 22 Left. And I'm still quite a bit to the west of you. Is it okay if I cross midfield and drop in to a left downwind for 22 Left?

Tower: 10-4, that's fine.

Ram: Alright sir, I'm having, still having an electrical issue. I had one on Friday and I'm... I'm about to go dead. So I'm just going to cross over and make left- Lost of audio.

This investigation is ongoing and has been turned over to officials from the FAA.


A 53-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were identified as the two people who died in a plane crash near Mesa Falcon Field Airport Monday afternoon.

The pilot, Alan Ram, 53, and passenger, Krista Buchanan, 22, were found dead at the scene, according to Detective Nik Rasheta, a Mesa police spokesman.

The Lancair Evolution crashed on the fairway of the 10th hole at Longbow Golf Course shortly before 5 p.m., and the aircraft went up in flames, witnesses said.

MORE: 2 killed in plane crash at golf course near Mesa Falcon Field Airport

An investigation was being conducted by Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials.

Allen Kenitzer, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said that the aircraft reported mechanical problems before the crash.

The golf course is at the northeast corner of Higley and McDowell roads in Mesa. The airport is southwest of the intersection.


Two people were confirmed dead in a fiery airplane crash at a northeast Mesa golf course late Monday afternoon, with one official describing the scene as "a ball of fire.''

The Lancair Evolution crashed at 4:52 p.m. about a half-mile east of Falcon Field Airport, according to Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Allen Kenitzer, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said that the aircraft reported mechanical problems before the crash.

The Evolution is a single-engine light plane.

Mesa fire officials were notified of the aircraft down at Longbow Golf Club by the Falcon Field Airport tower, Mesa Deputy Fire Chief Forrest Smith said.

The golf course is at the northeast corner of Higley and McDowell roads in Mesa. The airport is southwest of the intersection.

Smith said crews arrived to find the aircraft had crashed and burned on a fairway at the course.

"It was a pretty horrific scene,'' Smith said. "When crews first arrived, they were met with a ball of fire on the course itself.''

Smith said officials confirmed two people aboard the aircraft were killed. 

No one else was injured in the crash.

Smith said it took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish the fire, noting firefighters worked to preserve as much of the scene as possible for investigators.

"I just saw this huge plume of black smoke," said Frank Marshall, 72, who saw the smoke as he was heading home from work. "Oh my goodness it got really high. ... It was 500 or 600 feet in the air of smoke."

Marshall, a Mesa resident who lives near Falcon Field, said he had played at the course before and it appeared the crash occurred near the 10th hole.

Officials at Longbow Golf Club declined comment.

The FAA and NTSB were leading the investigation into the crash.


MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -  Federal investigators are trying to piece together the moments before a small plane crashed on a golf course near Falcon Field Monday evening, killing two people on board.

The Lancair Evolution crashed onto the fairway of the 10th hole at Longbow Golf Club around 5 p.m. Planes heading west to Falcon Field often fly low over the golf course, which is located near McDowell Road between Recker and Higley roads.

According to the FAA, the pilot reported mechanical trouble and said the plane was unable to reach the airport. The plane went down about a half mile from Runway 22, said Allen Kenitzer in the agency's communications office.

Aerials from the news helicopter showed the plane was destroyed. The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

A handful of people were on the golf course at the time, but no one was playing the 10th hole when the crash happened, according to employees of the course. No one on the ground was hurt.

Witnesses described the crash as a loud "boom." Cell phone photos show thick smoke and flames erupting from the wreckage. 

There were no skid marks on the golf course. The airport remained open.

According to FlightAware, a Lancair Evolution flying from Phoenix Deer Valley Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California was diverted to Falcon Field at 4:52 p.m.  

Falcon Field is a regional airport that pilots use to fly smaller and often older planes. 

This is not the first deadly crash at Longbow Golf Club. Two people were killed in September 2004 when a small plane crashed onto the 15th fairway.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For the record, the pilot's acquaintances always say, "he/she was a great pilot."