Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N7070Q, registered to Peach Flyers LLC and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred September 22, 2017 near Ernest A. Love Field Airport (KPRC), Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

Peach Flyers LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N7070Q

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA213
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 22, 2017 in Perkinsville, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 172L, registration: N7070Q
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 September 22, 2017, about 1634 mountain standard time, a Cessna 172L, N7070Q, collided with mountainous terrain near Perkinsville, Arizona. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries and the airplane was destroyed by post impact fire. The airplane was registered to Peach Flyers LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The local flight departed Ernest A Love Field Airport, Prescott, Arizona, at 1621. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

On the day of the accident, the pilot told his father that he was planning to fly with his friend, the passenger, and stay in the traffic pattern at Prescott performing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings.

Preliminary radar and audio data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that on the day of the accident, after making contact with Prescott ground controllers, the pilot switched to the tower frequency, and requested a departure to the northeast. The clearance was granted, and after taking off from runway 21R, a radar target which was presumed to be that of the accident airplane, entered the right downwind traffic pattern and departed to the northeast (Image 1). Over the next 2 ½ minutes the target climbed to an altitude of 7,175 ft mean sea level (about 2,100 ft above field elevation), leveling off 2.75 miles northeast of the airport.

For the next 8 minutes, the target began a gradual descent, while maintaining the northeast track. The last target was recorded at 1632:47, at an altitude of 4,550 ft, above the Verde River, and about 1,500 ft west of the entrance to Verde Canyon. The canyon followed the meandering path of the river to the east.

The following morning, family and friends of the pilot became concerned when they had not heard from him since the night before. They alerted the local Sheriff's department, and at 1108 the FAA issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT). The Sheriff's department initiated a search, and the wreckage was located by a captain from the air support unit at about 1300. The airplane was equipped with an emergency locator transmitter (ELT), and the captain stated that although he was performing grid searches southwest of the accident site for about 3 hours, he did not hear the ELT signal until he was almost directly over the wreckage site.

The wreckage was located on the north face of the canyon wall, at an elevation of 4,290 ft msl, about 200 ft below the canyon top, and 1.8 miles east-southeast of the last recorded radar target (Image 2). The airplane had come to rest inverted, with the cabin on a heading of about 030° magnetic. The tailcone had rotated 90° to the airplanes right, and fire had consumed the main cabin, and most of the left wing; the right wing and empennage remained largely undamaged.

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 

Spencer Kihlstrom

Jeremiah Gene Linnertz 


Obituary: Jeremiah Gene Linnertz
    
Jeremiah Gene Linnertz, 1998-2017, 19 years of age. Plane Crash, Gone but never forgotten. Jeremy would like you to know that his work here on earth is done. He received a call, an offer that he could not refuse. This offer came with great rewards and a promised reunion with his beloved Grandpa Windsor. Jeremy was given the gift of life and now has been asked to give it back. This was hard but the call was made and in Jeremy’s true spirit, he did not refuse. 

Jeremy is survived by his mother, Wendy Windsor, and his father, Jeffrey Linnertz; his 4-month-old son, William James Linnertz; his 14-month-old daughter through love, Annabelle Jean Simpson; three loving brothers, Joey Linnertz, Nicholas Windsor and Cameron Rockey; two loving sisters, Michaela Alanis and Gianna “Anna” Rodriquez; his loving grandparents, Ron Linnertz, Sandra Tredway, Janice Antes and Randy Robinson; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends, who have been left with large holes in their hearts. 

Jeremy’s family asks that you spend time with your children, take a walk with your loved ones and make a toast while listening to good music to enduring friendships, lifelong and beyond. This is what Jeremy would wish for you. 

A celebration of Jeremy’s life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Chino Valley United Methodist Church, 735 E. Road 1 South in Chino Valley, Arizona. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Jeremy’s “GoFundMe Account” www.gofundme.com/linnertz-family-fund?d=186239676 

Arrangements entrusted to Chino Valley Funeral Home, on Palomino, in Chino Valley, Arizona.

Information provided by survivors.

https://www.dcourier.com

Jeremiah Linnertz (left) and Spencer Kihlstrom during an earlier flight. The two died over the weekend after the plane they were flying in crashed east of Paulden.



Two Chino Valley teens died following a small plane crash near Paulden over the weekend.

The wreckage of the airplane was discovered on Saturday, Sept. 23, several miles east of Paulden and Spencer Kihlstrom and Jeremiah Linnertz, both 19, were found dead at the scene, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Kihlstrom’s Facebook page indicated he was studying aviation, nearing completion of the operations and management program, at Yavapai College, was a graduate of Chino Valley High School and worked at Thumb Butte Bed and Breakfast. Linnertz worked at Cushman & Wakefield and graduated from Chino Valley High School as well, according to his Facebook page.

Kaytlin Stevens said she went to school with both Kihlstrom and Linnertz. It’s unreal what happened, Stevens said.

“They were both really kind,” she said, noting that neither of them stuck to specific groups of friends.

Kihlstrom was just a really nice person and Linnertz was very family oriented, Stevens said, remarking he leaves behind a baby girl and a child on the way. He was constantly posting about his daughter, she said.

Kihlstrom’s kindness is what everybody loved about him the most, said girlfriend Sammi Falls, describing him as kind, smart, funny and a great person and guy in general who worked harder than most.

“He accomplished so much in so little time,” Falls said. “He was everything to me … he changed my life and made me a better person.”

Kihlstrom strove to make everyone around him a better person, which shows what kind of person he was, she said.

Allen Foster, CTE/Drafting teacher at Chino Valley High School said he taught the two of them in his drafting class, remarking it’s “sad to see them pass so young.”

The Cessna 172L Skyhawk had been missing for 24 hours with the Sheriff’s Office being notified of a possible missing aircraft based out of the Prescott airport at about 11 a.m. Saturday. Electronic tracking efforts began immediately said YCSO Spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

Surrounding local airports were checked without success and YCSO’s Rescue 1 helicopter was in the air searching as well. According to D’Evelyn, Rescue One spotted the downed aircraft near Perkinsville Ranch Land aided by cellphone tracking and confirmation from the plane’s Emergency Locator Transmitter. Initial overflight indicated the two did not survive the crash, confirmed when ground crews arrived on the scene.

Search and rescue crews worked with YCSO’s Forest Patrol on Saturday night to recover the bodies, aided by DPS Rangers due to the rugged terrain.

Original article can be found here ➤  https://www.cvrnews.com

UPDATE - SUBJECTS IDENTIFIED ..

The deceased have been identified as Spencer Kihlstrom, 19, and Jeremiah Linnertz, 19, both from Chino Valley.


Our condolences to the families.....

Media Release 
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Scott Mascher – Sheriff
255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Dwight D’Evelyn - Media Coordinator 

September 23, 2017

Private Plane Crash Located – 2 Deceased 


PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – At approximately 11 AM today, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible missing aircraft based out of the Prescott airport. It had been at least 24 hours since last contact with the pilot. Electronic tracking efforts were initiated immediately. Just before noon, a confirmed missing aircraft report was issued by airport authorities identifying a single engine Cessna. Assisted by the Department of Public Safety, personnel checked all surrounding local airports without success. By now, YCSO’s Rescue 1 helicopter was in the air searching. Reports indicated 2 men occupied the plane.


Just before 1 PM, aided by cell phone tracking and confirmation from the plane’s Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), Rescue 1 spotted the downed aircraft near Perkinsville Ranch land, several miles east of Paulden, Arizona. During the initial over flight, it appeared the 2 male adults did not survive the crash. Ground crews eventually arrived and confirmed that both adults were deceased.


Search and Rescue crews, working with YCSO’s Forest Patrol deputies, are currently in the process of recovering the bodies. DPS Ranger is aiding this effort due to the rugged terrain. 


Identities of the plane’s occupants will be released once family notifications have been completed.


No further details available at this time.

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Spencer Kihlstrom, 19, and Jeremiah Linnertz, 19, both from Chino Valley, have been identified as the victims in deadly plane crash near the Prescott Airport.

At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible missing aircraft based out of the Prescott airport. It had been at least 24 hours since last contact with the pilot. Electronic tracking efforts were initiated immediately. Just before noon, a confirmed missing aircraft report was issued by airport authorities identifying a single engine Cessna. Assisted by the Department of Public Safety, personnel checked all surrounding local airports without success.


Just before 1:00 p.m., aided by cell phone tracking and confirmation from the plane’s Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), Rescue 1 spotted the downed aircraft near Perkinsville Ranch land, several miles east of Paulden, Arizona. Ground crews eventually arrived and confirmed that both young men were deceased.


Original article ➤ https://arizonadailyindependent.com


Two men were killed in a plane crash Friday morning after taking off from the Prescott airport, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.


Officials have not released the identities of those in the plane, and the investigation is ongoing. 


According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, officials were notified Saturday morning of a single-engine Cessna that had been missing for at least 24 hours. 


A search was initiated. Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff's Office's rescue helicopter located the plane with the help of cell phone tracking and the plane's Emergency Locator Transmitter near Perkinsville Ranch several miles east of Paulden.


Officials arrived at the crash site and confirmed both men had been killed. Search and rescue crews Saturday night were still working to recover the bodies due to the rugged terrain in the area, according to the Sheriff's Office.


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


Missing aircraft located near Perkinsville Ranch land.


At approximately 11 AM today, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible missing aircraft based out of the Prescott airport. It had been at least 24 hours since last contact with the pilot. Electronic tracking efforts were initiated immediately. Just before noon, a confirmed missing aircraft report was issued by airport authorities identifying a single engine Cessna. Assisted by the Department of Public Safety, personnel checked all surrounding local airports without success. By now, YCSO’s Rescue 1 helicopter was in the air searching. Reports indicated 2 men occupied the plane.


Just before 1 PM, aided by cell phone tracking and confirmation from the plane’s Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), Rescue 1 spotted the downed aircraft near Perkinsville Ranch land, several miles east of Paulden, Arizona. During the initial overflight, it appeared the 2 male adults did not survive the crash. Ground crews eventually arrived and confirmed that both adults were deceased.


The deceased have been identified as Spencer Kihlstrom, 19, and Jeremiah Linnertz, 19, both from Chino Valley. The families have been notified.


Search and Rescue crews, working with YCSO’s Forest Patrol deputies, are currently in the process of recovering the bodies. DPS Ranger is aiding this effort due to the rugged terrain.


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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Spencer was a wonderful young man. I am sure his friends were/are. A terrible loss, fine men gone.