Monday, January 14, 2019

Piper PA-22-160, N9227D: Fatal accident occurred January 13, 2019 in Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona

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Christopher Adam Anderson and Heidi Sue Dowland 

Mohave County Sheriff's Office

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing an investigation into a plane crash that occurred on January 13, 2019 at approximately 11:45 AM in the Hualapai Mountain Park near Kingman. The plane was occupied by two subjects, a male and female. The female subject, identified as Heidi Sue Dowland, 38 of Prescott Valley, was found deceased on scene. The male subject, identified as Christopher Adam Anderson, 43 of Prescott Valley, was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center in serious condition. He was later transported to a Las Vegas hospital and is in critical condition. Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and are conducting the investigation as to the cause of the crash.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman and man involved in a small plane crash in Hualapai Mountain Park near Kingman Sunday.

Heidi Sue Dowland, 38, of Prescott Valley, was found dead at the scene, according to MCSO.

Christopher Adam Anderson, 43, of Prescott Valley, was found in serious condition and taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center. He was later moved to a Las Vegas hospital and is in critical condition, according to an MCSO release.

The plane crashed about 100 yards from the Mohave County Parks Ranger Station. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤


Unknown said...

Aircraft was purchased by pilot on Dec 31 and crashed 2 weeks later. FAA records indicate pilot licensed as student pilot ( records may not be up to date )

Anonymous said...

If it turns out he didn't have a pilot license and he killed his passenger, he's screwed. Wonder if they'll find THC in his body? You have to play by the rules.

RedCaddy said...

Low time Pilot. Critical condition, doubt will make it. Crashes like that don't usually live... long :(

PP-SEL-MEL-Instrument - 2500 hours (and STILL Learning)!

Very Sad and I Wish Condolences to all the Family, friends and all that knew them.


RedCaddy said...

THC? Much more different chemicals in Pilots systems than that these days. In April 2018, Cocaine in a student pilot - Pedroza's system left seat piloting 5 Pax and a ATP rated pilot in right seat with 3 hours in type (Comanche N9456P)! Scary.
Scottsdale AZ

Anonymous said...

First off thanks to the NTSB and FAA who are working yet not getting paid. Keeping Aviation and Transportation safe is a thankless task sadly.

Secondly if that "pilot" indeed was flying PAX within 2 weeks, several dangerous attitudes come to play i.e invulnerability and macho.

I have 500 hrs, CPL MEL and studying to be a flight instructor. I just recently purchased a taildragger (Taylorfcraft) and told the owner I will take it super slow and several months before I even fly it back solo from its home airport back to my hangar.

And months before I fly any PAX with me.

It only takes that one time in Aviation... just that one time.

Anonymous said...

Personal Information

Medical Information:
Medical Class: Third Medical Date: 1/2014
BasicMed Course Date: None BasicMed CMEC Date: None
Certificates Description
Certificate: STUDENT PILOT
Date of Issue: 1/8/2014

Student pilot with a PAX onboard???? He is screwed. Not only jail time if he survives but he can kiss his income and assets for the rest of his life bye bye after all the liability lawsuits are settled. The insurance on the plane, assuming he had one, will be disqualified.

This is one case where egregious disregard for human life like these warrant the stiffest of penalties. He basically murdered that woman.

Anonymous said...

Not murder. No jail time.
The only one scr... Uh, receiving the short end of the stick, is the the deceased.
Was she the 'owner' of the plane?
Interesting to see if she had any knowledge of his credentials or the lack there of ...

Anonymous said...

There was concern about the student pilot carrying passengers in late 2015, but no one would provide details.

Unknown said...

Just look at that manly beard though. With that coolness he shouldn't have to follow or abide by all the silly reg's we mortal pilots have to.

RIP to the innocent woman who didn't deserve this. So So Sad. This guy is in Deep! I sure hope he survives.

Anonymous said...

Where did the possibility of THC come from ?

Anonymous said...

It amazes me how many pilots both young and old refuse to follow the rules when it comes to piloting. Whether flying with expired or lacking credentials, drugs & alcohol in their system, flying an aircraft out of annual or with auto gas without an STC. The list goes on & on taking innocent lives with them sometimes. Let's hope that he had his private pilot license and the FAA just hasn't updated their site otherwise it just looks bad for general aviation overall when you don't do what is required of you. RIP passenger.

Iron Jack said...

R.I.P. ..... prayers abound from our home to your family.

Anonymous said...

Dowland owned the plane.

Anonymous said...

Actually the FAA registry says Dowland owned it but the PO Box points to Anderson's business.

Anonymous said...

many years ago, had a student with his own airplane, a person came up to me and said that he had been flying with this STUDENT. A few days later the student came to me and said that he wanted to start his cross country training, my reply was I was done with him, and I told other instructors, so he was pretty much black-listed. He finally sold the airplane, luckily before he killed someone

Anonymous said...

"Where did the possibility of THC come from ?"

I don't see any tattoos so it must be the beard.

Anonymous said...

Considering the info from "City data site:
Mr. Christopher Adam Anderson is listet as a Pilot license owner with Med.3
(expires Jan.2019).
Out of respect for the victims, the family and friends and especially for the loved ones
some should really watch their language.
By the way, language can reveal a lot. Early judgements without a solid foundation of
- even the basic - facts, are similar to VFR flight proceedings in IFR conditions.
Gladly there are profesional authorities investigating those tragedies.
Conclusions and if so, judgements will be developed by them after gathering the facts.
And a beart, manly or not, is definitely none of some peoples business.
Simply take care of yor own hair.
Did`nt anyone noticed the FAA data record of the student license?
It`s from 1/8/2014. Not even worth assumptions.
My condolenses for all of you in pain of the loss... including the kids and Mr. Anderson

Anonymous said...

As of 2-6-19 the FAA pilot database still lists Mr. Anderson as a "student pilot" and as such not allowed to carry passengers. Just stating the facts and if by chance he has obtained his private pilot license but the FAA is slow to update their records then I apologize. RIP to the deceased passenger.

Anonymous said...

If Dowland owned the plane how do we know that he was the PIC? If she owned the plane she probably had a license.

Michael Gaff said...

I mostly come here to see the crotch shots in the ads, but sometimes respond to the urge to comment.
This clown's ugly beard should be considered to be a tertiary cause of accident.
That much hair may have flown into his eye(s) and caused a momentary distraction.
Who knows?
I await a more politically corrected, and astute analysis.

Anonymous said...

"If Dowland owned the plane how do we know that he was the PIC? If she owned the plane she probably had a license.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 9:00:00 PM EST"

Dowland does not show us as a pilot in FAA Airmen Inquiry.

Anonymous said...

"Dowland does not show us as a pilot in FAA Airmen Inquiry."

Doesn't mean anything. I fly with captains that are not visible either.

Anonymous said...

is sad to see so many private pilots killing themselves and others in USA due, mainly, lack of FAA supervision. same as the so many gun victims. both policies, about free-uncontrolled-guns and free-uncontrolled-flying, ought to be changed.

Anonymous said...

You're calling on the arsonists to put out the fire?
Surely you jest.

Anonymous said...

"mainly, lack of FAA supervision. same as the so many gun victims. both policies, about free-uncontrolled-guns and free-uncontrolled-flying, ought to be changed". To this poster, you are obviously not a pilot or gun owner. It's not the airplane or gun that kills, it's the person behind the controls or the trigger. When I got my 1st handgun, I told myself to treat it as you would flying an aircraft. First become knowledgeable about its operation and limitations and respect it as having the ability of killing you or someone else if handled carelessly, in the wrong frame of mind or while intoxicated. Guns and airplanes are a privilege and with that comes great responsibility. I do not want to live in a world where "others" dictate what I can do, when I can do it and if "they" deem it acceptable. We do not need more FAA oversight, we need more self-regulation and use of common sense.