Three Onboard Bonanza Lost
A Beechcraft BE-35
impacted a mountain near Sedona, AZ shortly after noon Sunday
during a landing attempt, killing the pilot and two passengers.
Confirmation from the medical examiner is being sought before
identities of those onboard the Bonanza are released, said Cmdr.
Marlayne Hatler, a spokeswoman for the Sedona Police
The aircraft took off from La Cholla Airpark northwest of Tucson
on Sunday morning, said Diana Joubert, a Federal Aviation
Administration spokeswoman to the Arizona Daily Star.
The impact sparked a small forest fire, said Mac McCall,
airport operations manager, to the Associated Press.
The plane was likely brought down by high winds, Hatler said.
There's no indication the plane experienced any mechanical
failures, she added.
Joubert stated the FAA is investigating the possibility the
Bonanza encountered wind shear conditions, caused by updrafts off
terrain in the area. Wind gusts as high as 45 knots were reported
in Flagstaff, north of Sedona, according to the agency.
BE35 Description: 35 Bonanza
Date: 04/15/2007 Time: 1900
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: SEDONA State: AZ Country:
AIRCRAFT ON SHORT FINAL, CRASHED INTO THE HILLSIDE AND
CAUGHT FIRE, THE
THREE PERSONS ON BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, SEDONA, AZ
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 3 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: GUSTS TO 45KTS KFLG 151856Z 20025G36KT 10SM FEW075
BKN090 10/08 A2985
Activity: Pleasure Phase:
Approach Operation: OTHER
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Entry date: 04/16/2007