Thursday, December 23, 2021

Van's RV-6A, N6000Z: Fatal accident occurred December 22, 2021 near Show Low Regional Airport (KSOW), Navajo County, Arizona

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. 

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

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

Location: Show Low, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22FA067
Date and Time: December 22, 2021, 16:39 Local 
Registration: N6000Z
Aircraft: Vans RV6
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 22, 2021, about 1639 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV6A airplane, N6000Z, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Show Low Regional Airport (SOW), Show Low, Arizona. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to an airport employee, he observed two airplanes near each other on final approach for runway 22. He immediately transmitted on Unicom frequency that there were two airplanes on final approach to runway 22. Additional witnesses observed a Cessna 182 airplane in front and slightly below an RV-6A (accident airplane) on final approach. The RV-6A was seen to be descending into the Cessna.
Subsequently, the Cessna aborted the approach and turned right towards the north. Shortly thereafter, the RV-6A aborted the approach and turned right towards the north as well. The accident pilot acknowledged on the Unicom frequency that he was on the wrong frequency and apologized. Shortly thereafter, witnesses located at the airport observed the RV-6A complete a right turn away from the runway and then observed its wing drop and stated that the airplane descended steeply towards the ground.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane struck terrain in a near vertical nose down angle. All major flight control surfaces necessary for flight were present at the accident site.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans 
Registration: N6000Z
Model/Series: RV6 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSOW, 6411 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /-12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.272778,-109.99888 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290. 

Lorelai Olivia Johansen
November 26, 2010 - December 22, 2021

Lorelai Olivia Johansen was born November 26, 2010, the day after Thanksgiving, in Tucson, Arizona.  Lorelai died December 22, 2021, in Show Low, Arizona. Her loving parents are Arienne and Benjamin Gillette.

She is lovingly remembered by a multitude of beloved family members and friends. She enjoyed reading, creating, music in all its forms, and above all loved having a big family. 

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 3, 2022, at the Pioneer Park Chapel, 421 N. Main St., Snowflake, Arizona, with visitation one hour prior. A memorial will follow in Tucson, AZ, on January 9, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

Phone: 669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 942 0138 6526
Passcode: 079788

David Gillette
March 03, 1981 - December 22, 2021

David Gillette passed away unexpectedly, December 22, 2021. He was born in St George, Utah on March 3, 1981, to Benjamin Aaron Gillette and Erlene Suhr.

He was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He later moved to Utah to live and work with his dad, for a year, before leaving on his mission to the Ivory Coast, in Africa, for 2 years. When he returned from his mission, he lived in Tucson, Arizona, where he met the love of his life, Candace. On March 19, 2004, they were married. They lived in Tucson, Arizona, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Evanston, Wyoming, before settling in Monticello, Utah, with their 8 children. He enjoyed being a youth leader, hunting, camping, playing, and working outdoors with family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife, Candace and beautiful children, Hailey, David, Aaron, Kaitlynn, Mikaylah, Mckenzie, Tyler, and Jacob. 

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 3, 2022, at the Pioneer Park Chapel, 421 N. Main St., Snowflake, Arizona, with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be in the Monticello City Cemetery, 197 South Main St., in Monticello, Utah.

Phone: 669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 942 0138 6526
Passcode: 079788

Candace Hon Gillette -

"I just want to update everyone and tell the truth. There are lots of made up stories going around. The media, ambulance company, and people in general are making up their own stories and posting them. The pictures that have been posted are not his plane. I saw his plane today. From what airport staff said of his calls that they heard, and the position of the plane, I can tell you what I think happened. Wednesday December 22 around 4:30pm, David was flying family members and decided to go fuel up and then tie the plane down in Taylor for the evening. Taylor airport fuel was not working so he flew with our 11 yr old niece to Show Low to fuel up. He was not on the correct frequency to hear other pilots locations. He happened to be coming in at the same time as another plane but couldn't see it. Someone in the airport called the other plane and told him that David was there but on the wrong frequency. Then David realized it and switched over and apologized and told the other pilot that he would go around and let them land first. For some reason, that we don't know yet, his plane lost lift. It looks like he attempted to make it to the field close by but caught the left wing on a tree and went down. They both passed instantly on impact. They felt no pain. They are requiring autopsies for both of them because it is a plane crash. Because of the holidays, they are saying we might hear back sometime next week. At that time we will make arrangements for funerals. Thank you for all of the kind words, thoughts, prayers, and actions. We will need all the help we can get to get through this. David Gillette was my world, and that just fell apart. It still feels like a bad dream that won't go away. Please be patient with all of us as we try to get through this."

David  Gillette (right)

SHOW LOW, Arizona - A plane crash near Show Low in Navajo County killed two people Wednesday night, said the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District.

At around 4:40 p.m. on December 22, a single-engine plane crashed near the Show Low Regional Airport in a remote area near Long Lake.

"On scene crews found the plane heavily damaged and fire has been extinguished. Show Low Police has secured the scene," the fire district said.

Two people were found dead inside the plane. They were identified as the pilot, 40-year-old David A. Gillette of Utah, and his 11-year-old passenger, Lorelai Johansen of Tucson.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

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