2 people dead in plane crash on Mesa golf course
July 18, 2017
Federal investigators are trying to piece together the moments before a small plane crashed on a golf course near Falcon Field Monday evening, killing two people on board.
The single-engine plane, a Lancair Evolution, crashed onto the fairway of the 10th hole at Longbow Golf Club around 5 p.m. Planes heading west to Falcon Field often fly low over the golf course, which is located near McDowell Road between Recker and Higley roads.
According to the FAA, the pilot reported mechanical trouble and said the plane was unable to reach the airport. The plane went down about a half mile from Runway 22, said Allen Kenitzer in the agency's communications office.
Aerials from the news helicopter showed the plane was destroyed. The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.
A handful of people were on the golf course at the time, but no one was playing the 10th hole when the crash happened, according to employees of the course. No one on the ground was hurt.
Witnesses described the crash as a loud "boom." Cell phone photos show thick smoke and flames erupting from the wreckage.
There were no skid marks on the golf course. The airport remained open.
According to FlightAware, a Lancair Evolution flying from Phoenix Deer Valley Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California was diverted to Falcon Field at 4:52 p.m. It was the only Lancair Evolution on FlightAware's airport arrival logs that afternoon or evening.
Falcon Field is a regional airport that pilots use to fly smaller and often older planes.
This is not the first deadly crash at Longbow Golf Club. Two people were killed in September 2004 when a small plane crashed onto the 15th fairway.
Type: Lancair Evolution
Owner/operator: Registration Pending
C/n / msn: EVO-019
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: NW of Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, AZ - United States of America
Departure airport: Phoenix-Deer Valley (KDVT)
Destination airport: Falcon Field (KFFZ)
The aircraft impacted golf course terrain in a near vertical descent while on an apparent approach attempt to Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, Arizona. The aircraft was consumed by the post-impact fire and the two occupants onboard were fatally injured.