Monday, October 15, 2018

Air Tractor AT-502B, registered to and operated by Coastal Flying Service Inc, N6135P: Fatal accident occurred October 12, 2018 in Placedo, Victoria County, Texas and Accident occurred July 02, 2017 in Edna, Jackson County, Texas

Amy and Wesley Fojtik and their son, Cort. 


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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Air Tractor Inc.; Olney, Texas 

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N6135P

Location: Placedo, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA003
Date & Time: 10/12/2018, 1841 CDT
Registration: N6135P
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT502
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On October 12, 2018, at 1841 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B airplane, N6135P, impacted an antenna tower near Placedo, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by Coastal Flying Service Inc., Ganado, Texas, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the operator's private airstrip near Ganado, Texas, about 1730.

A representative of the operator stated that during the accident flight, the pilot was applying herbicide to a pasture about one-half mile east of the antenna tower. The pilot had reviewed the area online before the flight and was aware of the presence of the tower.

A witness reported that he heard the airplane fly over and impact the antenna tower. He looked out of a window and observed the airplane "fall from the sky." The airplane was on fire as it descended after striking the tower.

The accident site was located about 700 ft west-southwest of the radio antenna tower adjacent to a two-lane paved roadway. The main wreckage consisted of the fuselage, wings and empennage, with exception of the right horizontal stabilizer. A section of the antenna tower structure was intertwined with the right wing. The fuselage nose section, including the engine assembly, was separated and located near the main wreckage. The propeller had separated and was located on the opposite side of the road. The left horizontal stabilizer was partially separated. The right horizontal stabilizer was separated and located in the debris path. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N6135P
Model/Series: AT502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Coastal Flying Service Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 9CRG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: VCT, 115 ft msl
Observation Time: 1851 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ganado, TX (PVT)
Destination: Ganado, TX (PVT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 28.705833, -96.804444

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.


Amy and Wesley Fojtik and their son, Cort. 


Wesley Jerome Fojtik’s passions were his family, God and being a pilot, friends said Sunday.

Fojtik, 40, of Edna, was flying a crop duster when he crashed into an antenna tower in the 6600 block of Farm-to-Market Road 616 east of Placedo about 6:30 p.m. Friday. He died in the crash, which the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

“He loves the Lord, and it was important for him to have his family serve God,” said Cricia Ryan, 29, of El Campo. “He was a man that worked hard. Full of life. The most selfless person that I knew. He’d do anything for anyone. He was quiet but strong-willed and always friendly.”

Fojtik was flying an Air Tractor AT-502B owned by Coastal Flying Service, Inc., according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry. Fojtik was the only passenger. National Transportation Safety Board officials moved the plane to a secure facility for further examination Sunday.

Those who work in agriculture aviation are close-knit, said Ryan, who has known Fojtik and his family for three years. Fojtik left behind his wife, Amy Fojtik, and 6-year-old son, Cort.

Ryan said when a pilot is flying a plane, especially in agriculture aviation, there is no room for errors, and one error can end a pilot’s life.

“In our industry, obstacles in the air space are extremely dangerous to us, and Wesley’s incident happened with a tower,” she said. “I’m sure it’s marked to (Federal Aviation Administration) guidelines, but that still does not make it visible to ag pilots.”

Ryan’s family owns an aviation agriculture service in the Crossroads, and her brother was injured during a plane crash in May 2017 in El Campo because of engine failure. During his recovery, the agriculture industry came together to help pay his medical expenses. The Fojtik family participated in all six events to raise funds.

“Our industry lost one of the best,” she said. “His wife is one of the most amazing people that I know, and their little boy is a spitting image of his dad. He loves planes like his dad, loves life and loves being outdoors.”

Mike Thompson, 59, of Garwood, also owns an agriculture aviation service in his community. He met Fojtik about 12 years ago and had been friends with him since then.

Earlier this year, Fojtik helped Thompson with no hesitation when his company was in a bind during a crucial time for rice farmers to have their crops sprayed and fertilized.

“He came and helped me with my customers and with my competition’s customers that were dumped on us,” he said. “We were overwhelmed with work, and he helped us get it done. He came every morning, and he would say, ‘I’m prayed up and fueled up. Let’s go to work.’”

Thompson said he’s most thankful to God for sharing Fojtik with everyone who loved him.

“He’s a good man, and he’s a good daddy,” he said. “Christians know for a fact we’re going to see him tomorrow, and he’s going to turn around and be grinning.”

Original article ➤  https://www.victoriaadvocate.com

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

http://registry.faa.gov/N6135P

Location: Edna, TX
Accident Number: GAA17CA385
Date & Time: 07/02/2017, 1040 CDT
Registration: N6135P
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Analysis


The pilot reported that, while maneuvering at low altitude over a field during an aerial application flight, he was focused on the top of the electrical poles that paralleled the field. He added that he crossed between the electrical poles and was focused on the pole to the right of the airplane. Once he crossed the top wire he focused his attention forward, but added that he "was staring at a 30-ft tower just to the left of the nose" of the airplane. The airplane struck the tower and then impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to see and avoid a tower during an agricultural application flight. 

Findings

Aircraft
Altitude - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tower/antenna (incl guy wires) - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering
Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/28/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 6499 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2081 hours (Total, this make and model), 6499 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 171 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 55 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N6135P
Model/Series: AT 502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 502B-0286
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/07/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  9400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 9428.7 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-34
Registered Owner: COASTAL FLYING SERVICE INC
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: COASTAL FLYING SERVICE INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVCT, 115 ft msl
Observation Time: 1551 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2900 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3700 ft agl
Visibility: 9 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots, 160°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ganado, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ganado, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.986111, -96.758889 (est)

Preventing Similar Accidents  

Preventing Obstacle Collisions in Agricultural Operations

Accidents involving collisions with obstacles, including poles, wires, guy wires, meteorological evaluation towers, or trees, are among the most common types of agricultural aircraft accidents. Some collisions involved obstacles that the pilots did not see (even during survey flights), but others involved obstacles that were known to the pilot and/or had characteristics that would make them visibly conspicuous.

Agricultural pilots should do the following:

Maintain a quick-reference document (paper or electronic) at the operations base that contains field maps, charts, photographs, and details of all known obstacles.

Frequently review current aeronautical charts for information about obstacles.

Before leaving the ground, spend time becoming familiar with all available information about the target field and programming navigation equipment. Such preflight action can help reduce the potential for confusion or distraction in flight.

Conduct aerial surveys of the target field but do not rely solely on an aerial survey to identify potential obstacles.

Conduct regular ground surveys of fields. Some towers can be erected in hours, and obstacles can change since you last worked that field. Speak with farmers and land owners to raise awareness about obstacle hazards.

When possible, use ground crews. They may be in a better position to see certain obstacles and help you ensure that your aircraft remains clear of them.

Watch for shadows and irregularities in growth patterns to help identify obstacles. Use GPS and other technology to maintain awareness of obstacle locations.

Be aware that workload, fatigue, sun glare, and distractions in the cockpit can adversely affect your ability to see, avoid, or remember obstacles. Heavier loads and higher density altitudes can affect the performance of your aircraft.

The National Agricultural Aviation Association's Professional Aerial Applicators' Support System reminds pilots that, when ferrying an aircraft or transitioning between sites, flying above 500 feet reduces obstacle collision risks: 'Ferry Above Five and Stay Alive.'

See http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/documents/SA_035.pdf for additional resources.

The NTSB presents this information to prevent recurrence of similar accidents. Note that this should not be considered guidance from the regulator, nor does this supersede existing FAA Regulations (FARs).

Piper PA-28 Cherokee, N180QT: Fatal accident occurred October 13, 2018 near Cartersville Airport (KVPC), Paulding County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N180QT

Location: Cartersville, GA
Accident Number: CEN19FA005
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1430 EDT
Registration: N180QT
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018 about 1430 eastern daylight time (CDT), a Piper PA-28-180, N180QT, was destroyed when it impacted terrain in Cartersville, Georgia. The airplane departed from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida, enroute to Tom B David Field Airport (CZL), Calhoun, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan had been filed.

The initial point of impact was located on the embankment of a ravine, next to a high-tension power line right of way. The aircraft struck the ground at an approximate 90ยบ nose-down flight attitude. Prior to impacting the ground, the airplane impacted the outboard bundle of high-tension wires and branches of a tree. The initial impact point on the north side embankment contained pieces of the propeller spinner and windscreen. The main wreckage, consisting of the engine, wings, fuselage and empennage, came to rest at the bottom of the embankment in a muddy ravine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N180QT
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVPC, 763 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  34.078889, -84.861111

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.


Paul Louis Deep


This is Paul Deep. Family says the Clay County, Florida, father and Navy veteran was killed when his plane crashed on the way to Georgia this weekend.


A Clay County father was killed in a plane crash in Georgia, according to family.

Investigators are working to determine what caused a Piper PA-28 Cherokee to crash just south of Cartersville, Georgia, on Saturday.

Family tells Action News Jax that Paul Deep was on his way to see family.

The night before, Deep was at American Legion Post 250 in Middleburg, cooking for the members.

“He was super excited for his adventure the next day, to go see his great-grandson and surprise them with a visit,” Peggy Newsome said.

Newsome said Deep, a Navy veteran, was a mentor to her and touched many lives in the community.

He was known to many from his restaurant, Aerial's, and the hardware store off County Road 218.

Joshua Skipper said his first memories of Deep are from working at the hardware store.

“He was always real hard on me, made sure I was a hard worker,” Skipper said.

Years later, he said he started competing with Deep in barbecue cook-offs.

“The whole hog was his thing,” he said. “He would sleep right there in a reclining chair and put the wood on the fire all night long.”

This November would’ve been Deep’s 30th year competing in the Big Pig Jig, a barbeque cooking contest.

Skipper said he still plans to compete to pay tribute to Deep.

Members of the American Legion Post say they are also working on a way to honor him.

"He encouraged the best in people," Newsome said. "That’s how he touched so many people."

Original article ➤  https://www.actionnewsjax.com


Florida resident, Paul Deep, right, reportedly was the victim of a fatal airplane crash on October 13th in north Paulding County.


A Clay County father, restaurant owner and Navy veteran died Saturday when his plane crashed south of Cartersville, Georgia. 

Paul Louis Deep, 70, was flying from Gainesville to Calhoun, Ga., to visit family before his Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed, according to family members.

“He texted me an hour before his estimated arrival and told me it was a beautiful day for flying,” said Laura Deep Whitehead, one of his two adopted daughters. “He said the skies were so clear he could see all the way to Calhoun.”

Whitehead, who was adopted by Deep with her older sister Christina, said the incident was surprising since Deep always put safety first when it came to flying.

“My father never took chances,” added Whitehead. “He always checked the weather and if he didn’t like what he saw, he’d wait.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash to determine its cause, and in the meantime, Whitehead said family members will celebrate the life of their beloved “Grampie.”

“He was one of the hardest-working and most generous men I knew,” Whitehead said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.”

Deep was also known for his love for food. He owned Aerial’s Steak & Seafood restaurant in Middleburg, and he frequented the American Legion Post 250, where he cooked for members the night before the crash.

“He was super excited for his adventure the next day,” said Peggy Newsome, who was with Deep at Post 250. “To go see his great-grandson and surprise them with a visit.”

Whitehead said Deep initially called her husband to let him know he was visiting, but Whitehead was the one who answered.

“I saw my husband’s phone ringing and I just so happened to pick up,” Whitehead said. “I’m glad we had the chance to talk one last time.”

Besides Aerial’s, Deep owned C & L Hardware for over 20 years before the store burned down in 2007. Deep’s wife, Valeria, passed away Oct. 14, 2005, after battling breast cancer.

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




ATLANTA -- Deputies confirm one person is dead after a plane crash in Paulding County.

Paulding County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Ashley Henson said the airplane was a single engine aircraft and that the crash itself happened near the Bartow County line.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Jim Peters, the crash was discovered around 6 p.m. - about one mile south of Cartersville and 20 minutes off the nearest major highway.

“Responders did have a difficult time getting to the actual site," Paulding County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jamie Winkles said. "We were able to get the victim out. It’s real hilly, muddy - it’s rough terrain.”

Winkles said Greystone Power got a call around 3 p.m. about property damage - something going on with the power lines.

"Then, a subcontractor for Georgia Power discovered the plane crash and called Paulding County about 5:30," he said.

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee had taken off from Gainesville Regional Airport in Florida. It was heading for Tom B. David Field in Calhoun, Georgia when it crashed according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Federal authorities haven't released any other details on the crash or the victim in the aircraft as the investigations by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still ongoing.

But Winkles did say that there was no sign of fire on the plane when crews found it.

For now, deputies have set up a perimeter around the scene to keep passersby out since the rural section where the plane crashed is popular among ATV riders.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.11alive.com

Cessna TTx T240, registered to and operated by the pilot, N433CS: Fatal accident occurred October 13, 2018 near Payson Airport (KPAN), Gila 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

https://registry.faa.gov/N433CS 

Location: Payson, AZ
Accident Number: WPR19FA007
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1845 MST
Registration: N433CS
Aircraft: CESSNA T240
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018, about 1845 mountain standard time, a Cessna T240 airplane, N433CS, was destroyed when it impacted a house while on approach to landing at Payson Airport (PAN), Payson, Arizona. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight originated from Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU), Glendale, Arizona, about 1815, with an intended destination of PAN.

Review of preliminary radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed a primary target, which correlated with the accident airplane, on a right downwind leg for runway 24, about 900 ft above ground level (agl) at a groundspeed of 107 knots. About 0.75 miles from the approach end of the runway, the airplane started a right turn about 700 ft agl and continued the turn through the base leg while maintaining the altitude. The groundspeed decreased to 60 knots as the airplane continued to turn. The primary target continued to maneuver in what appeared to be an extended downwind before starting another right turn to the base leg about 650 ft agl and a groundspeed of 94 knots. The data indicated that the airplane made a final 180° near the approach path for the runway at 625 ft agl and 81 knots.; The final turn was in the vicinity of the accident site and where the radar target was lost.

Review of the photos provided by first responders revealed that the airplane impacted the house in a vertical attitude. The propeller, the engine and the instrument panel were embedded into subfloors of the residential structure. The wreckage debris was contained within 25ft by 25ft area inside the house.

All structural components of the airplane were identified within the debris area. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N433CS
Model/Series: T240
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPAN, 5157 ft msl
Observation Time: 0135 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 8000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Glendale, AZ (GEU)
Destination: Payson, AZ (PAN) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 34.261667, -111.310556

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.

Marilee Marshall Brusaschetti and Craig Raymond McEntee







PAYSON, AZ - Authorities have identified a pilot and passenger who were killed Saturday when their plane crashed into a Payson home.

According to Payson police, 63-year-old Craig Raymond McEntee and 56-year-old Marilee Marshall Brusaschetti were in a Cessna TTx T240 when the small aircraft went down under unknown circumstances around 6:40 p.m. Saturday. Both McEntee and Brusaschetti are Phoenix residents.


FAA officials originally said McEntee was the only person aboard the plane and that there were no reported injuries on the ground, but in an afternoon update on Sunday, officials stated there was also a passenger on the plane. 


Payson authorities say the man who owns the home was able to get out safely.


Doug Denham, who has lived in the home for 23 years, told ABC15 it was, "a hell of a crash...didn't know what it was, but just, BOOM, and then the front glass went flying out into the front yard."


Firefighters who responded to the crash say the plane sliced through the home's room and caused extensive damage to the front and back of the house.


The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the crash.


Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.abc15.com



PAYSON, Ariz. (KSAZ/AP) -- Authorities say two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a home in the north-central Arizona town of Payson.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the Cessna TTx T240 went down under unknown circumstances around 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

The Payson Police Department has identified the victims as 63-year-old Craig Raymond McEntee and 56-year-old Marilee Marshall Brusaschetti. McEntee was the pilot in the plane and Brusaschetti was the passenger. Both were Phoenix residents.

Authorities say two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a home in the north-central Arizona town of Payson. 

McEntee ran a successful accounting firm, McEntee and Associates. The company told FOX 10 they have no comment. Brusaschetti was a Phoenix businesswoman who just last summer visited FOX 10 for a segment on jobs and dressing for success. She ran the Tempe office of Patrice Associates, which connects hospitality job seekers to companies.

Brusaschetti's son expressed his grief over the loss of his mother on Facebook, stating in part, "I'm going to miss you mom. I love you so much and wish I could say it to you one last time at least."

Officials say McEntee and Brusaschetti left Glendale Airport and were heading for the Payson airport when the plane crashed.

Payson authorities say the man who owns the home was able to get out safely.

Firefighters who responded to the crash say the plane sliced through the home's room and caused extensive damage to the front and back of the house.

The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board, and Payson Police Department are investigating the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.fox10phoenix.com