Monday, January 14, 2019

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

Heidi Sue Dowland and Christopher Adam Anderson 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona
Lycoming; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kingman, AZ
Accident Number: WPR19LA063
Date & Time: 01/13/2019, 1045 MST
Registration: N9227D
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 13, 2019, about 1045 mountain standard time, a Piper PA22-160 airplane, N9227D, was substantially damaged when it impacted mountainous terrain in the Hualapai County Park, Hualapai, Arizona under unknown circumstances. The student pilot received serious injuries, and the owner/non-pilot rated passenger received fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Unknown daylight meteorological conditions existed at the accident site about the time of the accident. No flight plan was filed for the flight, and no records of any pilot pre-flight briefing were discovered. The flight had reportedly originated from Kingman Airport (IGM), Kingman Arizona about 44 minutes prior to the accident.

The accident site was located about 9.5 miles south-southeast of IGM. According to first responders, the pilot reported that the engine had lost power. No additional details were provided, and the pilot has refused to communicate with either NTSB or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators.

According to the passenger's sister, the passenger had purchased the airplane for the pilot, and the airplane was kept in a rented hangar at Earnest A. Love Field (PRC), Prescott, Arizona. The pilot and passenger flew from PRC to Meadview, Arizona the day before the accident in order to attend a party. The next morning they flew from Meadview to IGM. The sister reported that the airplane was refueled at IGM, and that at 1001 she received a text from the passenger reporting that the two had taken off from IGM. The fueling records at IGM neither confirmed nor contradicted the sister's refueling account.

FAA records indicated that the pilot had been issued a student pilot certificate in January 2014, and was never issued any other certificates. Despite multiple attempts, no pilot training records, flight experience logs, or airplane maintenance records were able to be located by investigators.

FAA records indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1958, and was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series engine. The previous owner reported that he sold the airplane to the passenger in late November 2018.

The 1051 IGM automated weather observation included winds from 010° at 4 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 7° C, dew point -1° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.14 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N9227D
Model/Series: PA22 160
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Unknown
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 3448 ft msl
Observation Time: 1051 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Kingman, AZ (IGM)
Destination: Glendale, AZ (GEU)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 35.101944, -113.886111 (est)

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

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 ➤


  1. 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 )

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. Anon.
    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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ...

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

  9. 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.

  10. Where did the possibility of THC come from ?

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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

  15. "Where did the possibility of THC come from ?"

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. "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.

  21. "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.

  22. 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.

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

  24. "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.

  25. It's a shame this happend young woman had her entire life ahead of her. I'm sure he feels bad about what happend I know I would. Can't really come to a conclusion yet until the NTSB report is put up on their website. He could have gotten his PPL a week ago just not updated.

  26. No toxicology report? I always thought that was automatic when a fatality is involved.

  27. After reading the official NTSB report is all I need or care to know about this guy. What a shame!

  28. Christopher Adam Anderson

  29. Yup, knew there had to be more shade in this guys background more than we know now or probably will ever know still. Refused a background check for a reason, more back there for sure.

  30. We don't need no stinking rules.

  31. This is unfortunate that the deceased individual chose to purchase an aircraft for and then ride in as a passenger with someone that clearly wasn't a good pilot (for many, and obvious - it seems) reasons. Now there's three kids without a mother. A little knowledge is indeed a dangerous thing.

  32. Kelsey Berreth and Heidi Sue Dowland
    Both of these beautiful women were killed at the hands of their monster/jerk spouses/partners.
    For less than a $15 a simple background check would have set the alarm bells ringing *dangerous* person, proceed with caution. And in some areas of US the police department will assist you with a background check of someone you meet before dating seriously.

  33. Makes you wonder if Dowland bought the plane because Chris Anderson couldn't be tied to the purchase work for some reason. She wasn't a pilot, did he encourage here to buy it with his money? It will be interesting to learn more about him and his "past".

  34. Throw the book at him. Manslaughter or 2nd degree murder.

    Oh and ban him from ever flying again but hopefully the injuries he did to himself will prevent that from ever happening.

    And make sure he pays millions in damages to the children of the woman he murdered.. or at least that his wages are garnished to the end of his Life for it.

  35. A little hottie choosing to be with a Badboy. Cost her life. Shame.

  36. If this guy had followed the rules (which are set for good reasons) perhaps this wouldn't have happened either, but he didn't and it did! Looks like they both made bad choices. Very very sad!

  37. What is the lastest on Chris ...... is he still hospitalized? Has he be talking to police or NTSB?

  38. How many pax died at the hands of unqualified, illegal, drugged up or unscrupulous "pilots"?
    I wonder if Heidi even knew the qualification of Mr bad boy big beard here? He just told her he was a "pilot" and she believed him.

    The FAA or FAASafety should definitely reach out to the general population and conduct experiments where a hobo off the street is dressed as a pilot or put next to a plane and asks people to come with him for a ride. Me suspect a large majority of wannabe PAX won't ask questions or as much as want to see an ID and valid pilots's license, and board with basically someone who will kill them.

    This is not the same as getting a ride in a car or boat. This is something that can properly kill you if the driver of that airborne vehicle is the least bit qualified...

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

    We are visable ... You just got to know how to find us.

    Had an F/O find me recently.

  40. Scumbag had his massage therapist’s license pulled in Florida so it’s no wonder he’s unable to hold a pilot certificate, sounds like he has other questionable traits.

  41. Anyone following this forum please advise if pilot died at Vegas hospital or is he still alive.

  42. Am I missing something, or are all the negative judgments of this guy based on a massage therapist license being pulled and a cringey beard and tats? Plenty of people with even minor crimes on record will skip background checks if possible. That alone doesn't tarnish this man's character. He could have been a getaway driver as a teenager, or a sex criminal convicted a year earlier. We just don't know.

    Flying with PAX with a student license does reflect on his judgment, at the very least. However, the picture we are painting of a renegade bad boy who say "F it" and drags his hottie on board may also be wrong. She bought the plane for him, and may have been pestering him for a ride? That's why I say, his judgment is still responsible for a death. His character doesn't enter into the equation.

  43. regarding above comment " Flying with PAX with a student license does reflect on his judgment " you just made a complete fool of yourself Suggest you re thin k your statement " Flying with PAX with a student license does reflect on his judgment"

  44. Flying with PAX as a student pilot with not much experience makes him an effing criminal that committed 2nd degree murder. A tattooed clown to boot with a fake "anti authority" vibe.

    There is a correlation between tattoos and gang/criminal activity as well as needless and reckless risk taking. He proves once again that cliche to be true.

    Or why would the tattoo removal business be such a booming field, especially face tats removal.

    Throw the book at this criminal disgusting mofo and I do hope his injuries make him never took a motor vehicle for the rest of his life. A spine injury would be highly appreciated.

  45. Anyone know if the pilot has recovered from his injuries or died ? He was airlifted to a Vegas hospital

  46. This dude is well versed in stealth... no social media profile, no way to find out about his crimes and criminal record.
    Born scammer? sociopath? I guess one of those 2.

    But the cops certainly must know him. Look up any federal indictment for murder with that name and that should be public record.

  47. This must be one of the most egregious case of reckless and careless operation of an aircraft after the one case where some farmer put 5 people in a 4 seater himself included and flew it drunk at 2 am resulting in deaths for all, and the one dude who did low level acrobatics in a rented Cirrus at 30 ft.

  48. From the pictures this guy has douche bag written all over him. That prelim report is heart wrenching. He knew just enough to be dangerous. Those poor kids must be devastated.

  49. FAA rarely seeks criminal prosecution of these criminal pilots, and that encourages the other criminals flying. They are a danger to themselves, any passengers, others in the air, and even those on the ground. This guy needs serious jail time. He will declare bankruptcy to get rid of any civil claims.

  50. it depends... they can recommend a case to the DOJ in case of any reckless operation. Which I hope they do.

    Now he seems a professional criminal well versed in evading scrutiny and the law and he will legally seek to change his name and declare bankrupcy and as a scammer well versed in the arts of the con. His linkeln seems to make him some kind of "medicinal shop" owner so probably he was getting proficient in flying to transport illegal drugs or some other less than savvy enterprise.

    Thankfully the douchebag crippled for a while and unable to fly again.

    And his picture and tats make him enough recognizable in this age of visual recognition anywhere better than a full ID. Hopefully he will have this on his online record for the rest of his miserable life.

  51. The fact that the pilot refuses to talk to NTSB, FAA, or police regarding the accident should tell us a lot about who he is.

  52. Why isn't he in jail already? fugitive from justice? sneaked from the hospital at night?

    A student pilot flying a PAX and killing them is essentially a murder charge according to the FARs but I see nor record of any court proceedings.

    Is he the son of a judge or something?

  53. Found him!

    "Christopher Adam Anderson, W/M, DOB: 12/3/85, of 257 Hanson Drive, Doyline, La., was arrested by Officer Jeremy Nelson on two fugi- tive warrants."

  54. Anonymous Monday, June 17, 2019 at 12:06:00 AM EDT said:
    Found him!

    That birthday does not correspond to the age of the unlawful pilot.

  55. "That birthday does not correspond to the age of the unlawful pilot."

    Also possible since any part of his name is quite common, he seemed to have been in Florida nearby... also god knows if he lied on his age too. At this point anything goes it seems. He may have had a fake id of some sorts and even the NTSB and the FAA have troubles finding any records on him.

  56. Any news on the tattooed clown perp? did he just vanish into thin air and escape the hospital he was in at night?

  57. He lived and showed up at Heidi’s memorial in a wheelchair soaking up all sorts of attention as if he was the victim. It was a disgrace. No idea where he is now. So sad!!!!

  58. He killed her. Not sure why someone didn't shoot him. I would if I was a kid of Heidi's....

  59. This guy's like a rat. You can flush them down the toilet, but somehow they'll rise to the surface somewhere else and go on causing trouble for others. Seems to me there should be some kind of criminal charges heading his way, if there were any justice in the world.

  60. FAA Certificate Update


    "FAA records indicated that the pilot had been issued a student pilot certificate in January 2014, and was never issued any other certificates. Despite multiple attempts, no pilot training records, flight experience logs, or airplane maintenance records were able to be located by investigators."
    --NTSB, WPR19LA063 Preliminary Report

    Now, FAA Airmen Inquiry now indicates:

    For more information, email a request to Aviation Data Systems Branch,
    AFS-620 at

    (There seems to be no indication that Christopher Adam Anderson succumbed to his "serious injuries.")

  61. He is still posting to Facebook.

  62. Why isn't this murderer in jail?

  63. The thing about psychopath/sociopath is they couldn't care less about what people think of them or how much they hurt someone else, but they feel extremely hurt and sorry for being caught and having their lives changed by such stupid things as killing someone else then having to hide and change names and declare bankrupcy as it wasn't deserved to them and it's all the victim's fault.
    We can infer this from simple profiling tips and the fact the perp in this case never expressed any remorse nor sorrow and has plainly vanished.
    Given his relation to "herbs" I wouldn't be surprised his interest in aviation was also motivated by a desire to transport illicit materials but a student's pilot license is all that is needed for such commercial operations right?
    Since the penalty for being caught is complete revocation of all certificates why bother seeking more than the bare bones minimum. This is another logical conclusion again from profiling that can be derived here.