Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Socata TB21 Trinidad TC, N229GC: Fatal accident occurred December 28, 2022 at Barcelonnette – Saint-Pons Airfield, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France

Aircraft crashed during landing and was destroyed by a post impact fire.

Aziazur Inc

Date: 28-DEC-22
Time: 11:00:00Z
Regis#: N229GC
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TB21
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax:  3 Serious Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Country: FRANCE

Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300, N555NR: Fatal accident occurred January 02, 2023 at Provo Municipal Airport (KPVU), Utah County, Utah

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

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.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Eagle Jet 300 LLC

Date: 02-JAN-23
Time: 18:45:00Z
Regis#: N555NR
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: EMB505
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax: 1 Serious Injuries; 2 Minor Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH

Nathan Ricks
April 30, 1960 - January 2, 2023

Nathan Ricks' Testimony
January 1, 2023

Nathan Webster Ricks was born on April 30, 1960, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Clayne Ricks and Connie Corbett. After 62 years of a life lived to its fullest, he passed away in an aircraft accident at the Provo Airport on January 2, 2023.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Tillotson Ricks and four daughters; Jessica (Andrew) Bybee, Jennifer (Landon) Smith, Rebecca (Trevor) Evans, and Elizabeth (Ryan) Reeves. Nathan also leaves behind 15 beautiful grandchildren, with one on the way.

Nathan grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended Olympus High School where he discovered a passion for football. Nathan was determined to be the best player he could be at the only position available - Center. Despite his naturally lean frame, his drive and commitment to excel led Nathan to gain 100 lbs and become the starting Center. More important than any football accolades, Nathan found his lifelong sweetheart, Joyce Tillotson. He and Joyce started dating during their junior year of high school and both graduated in 1978.

After high school, Nathan walked on to the BYU football team and later earned a scholarship where he played Center on the offensive line.

He later served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York City, New York. His missionary service set the foundation for his life. He shared his testimony across the world in every possible setting, touching countless lives with the light and hope of the Gospel.

After his mission, Nathan came home and married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Tillotson, on April 12, 1983 in the Salt Lake City Temple.

Nathan was a prolific businessman with an unmatched work ethic and determination that was quickly rewarded with success. He was known for “making it happen” and encouraging others that they could do the same. A business partner attributed this Thomas Marsh quote to Nathan’s character: “Some men do not really live for honors or for pay; their happiness is not in the taking and holding, but in the doing, the striving, the building, the serving.” He strove to always conduct his professional life in a way that aligned with his abiding faith. His business endeavors included direct sales (Nu Skin), commercial real estate (STACK Real Estate), and other entrepreneurial activities.

More important than any of his professional pursuits, Nathan prioritized family. He was a devoted husband and father of four daughters, and gave his family every opportunity this life could afford. Nathan and Joyce emphasized the importance of embracing other cultures while developing lasting relationships with people from all over the world. It was important to Nathan and Joyce that their girls always recognize how blessed they were and be willing to help others from all walks of life.

Nathan loved spending time with his family outdoors. He loved riding horses, mountain biking, and snowmobiling at their family ranch and cultivated this love in his children and grandchildren. It was a special place for their family that they loved sharing with others.

He accomplished his lifelong goal of becoming a Pilot in Command and was meticulous in that endeavor. He absolutely loved to fly and had a special spring in his step any morning that was a “Fly Day.” Nathan used his piloting and private plane to bless everyone around him, taking many to treatments and funerals, among other things.

Nathan was a remarkable man who excelled at anything he set his mind to and poured his heart into relationships of all kinds. He loved Joyce with all his heart and praised the ground she walked on and the service she rendered to so many. He was the very best husband, father, grandfather, and friend; he cherished those roles above any other titles the world gave him. His impact on the community, his family, and throughout his career has been profound. The legacy of faith he has left for each of us, and his belief in our potential will continue to be a guiding star for the rest of our lives.

His love for our Savior Jesus Christ will be a constant light and support to us during this difficult time.

To our tender husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and dear friend: We love you and will rejoice when we can be together again.

Funeral Services - Monday, January 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Alpine North Stake Center
1125 North Alpine Blvd
Alpine, Utah

Visitation - Sunday, January 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM (Open House setting. Encouraged to attend Sunday Evening)
Visitation - Monday, January 9 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM
Alpine North Stake Center
1125 North Alpine Blvd
Alpine, Utah

An overflow location for the funeral broadcast will held at the Fort Canyon Ward meeting house:
890 North Heritage Hills Drive
Alpine, Utah

Interment will take place in the Alpine City Cemetery.
To view the services via livestream, please click on the following link: https://youtube.com/@FortCreekWard

In lieu of flowers, our family would appreciate donations to the following charity: https://www.agnusdeifoundationutah.org/donate.html