ARIZONA NEWS

Investigators say 2 planes aborted approaches before 1 crashed in Arizona

Jan 12, 2022, 4:00 PM
(Pixabay Stock Photo)...
(Pixabay Stock Photo)
(Pixabay Stock Photo)

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (AP) — A single-engine plane that crashed Dec. 22 near a rural Arizona airport, killing the pilot and his passenger, had just aborted an approach because of proximity to another small plane that was already inbound, federal investigators say.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released Jan. 6 said both pilots aborted their approaches after a Show Low Regional Airport employee got on the radio after seeing the two planes “near each other.”

Like many smaller airports, the Show Low airport doesn’t have a control tower and pilots preparing to land or take off rely on visual observations and other pilots’ radio announcements of their intentions.

The pilot killed in the crash had apologized over the radio after turning away from the airport, saying he had been on the wrong frequency, the report said.

Witnesses reported then seeing one wing of the plane tilt downward before it “descended steeply towards the ground” before the impact, the report said.

Authorities previously identified those killed as David Gillette, 40, of Utah and Lorelai Johansen, 11, of Tucson.

The preliminary report did not state an official cause for the crash. The NTSB is expected to issue a final report later.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police seek information on death of man found shot on bridge near I-10

Police are investigating the death of a man who was found shot to death on a bridge that goes over the I-10 freeway in Phoenix. 
23 hours ago
FILE - Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...
Associated Press

Probe of Arizona senator’s comments on Buffalo shooting concludes

The attorney for the Arizona Senate's ethics committee submitted a report Friday on his investigation of a Republican lawmaker's online comments that appeared to blame the federal government for a supermarket massacre in Buffalo, New York.
23 hours ago
(Photo by/KTAR News' Taylor Kinnerup)...
KTAR.com

About 100 people tried to get into Arizona Senate, tear gas used at protest after abortion ruling

Upwards of 100 people tried to get into the Arizona Senate building and tear gas had to be used at a protest in downtown Phoenix Friday night following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortions, authorities said.
23 hours ago
(AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)...
KTAR.com

Arizona state Sen. Nancy Barto provides updates to state abortion law

Arizona state Sen. Nancy Barto provided clarity on Arizona abortion law following the US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
23 hours ago
(Pixabay photo)...
KTAR.com

1 child dead, brother in critical condition in Glendale drowning incident

One child is dead and another is in critical condition after a drowning incident in Glendale on Friday night.
23 hours ago
(Facebook photo/City of Mesa Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Mesa police shooting results in non-life threatening injuries to suspect

Two Mesa police officers were involved in a shooting Friday night at 8100 E University but did not suffer any injuries, according to authorities.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
...
Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
Investigators say 2 planes aborted approaches before 1 crashed in Arizona