Tue, Jun 15, 2010
Family Of Four On Board Feared Fatally Injured
ANN Update 0833 EDT 6.15.10: The people on
board the aircraft have been positively identified as Jeffrey,
Ronna, Alexa, and Carlie Ulrich, according to multiple media
sources including the Miami Herald. Authorities are saying Ulrich,
an experienced pilot, had refueled at Springerville Airport (D68)
and was attempting to climb out when
the aircraft apparently hit a light post and a tree
before impacting the roof of the empty school.
Original Story: Four members of a Florida family
reportedly en route to a family vacation at the Grand Canyon are
feared to have been killed Friday when an airplane registered
to Jeffery Ulrich went down, at a very steep pitch angle, into an
empty school in Eagar, AZ.
The Piper PA-32R-300 which went down was registered to
Ulrich, who lived in Wesley Chapel, FL. United Press International
reports that family friends told the officials that Ulrich, his
wife and two daughters were flying to the Grand Canyon on vacation.
They reportedly had refueled in Eagar, and had just departed
Springerville Airport (D68) when the accident occurred.
The four bodies recovered from the aircraft have not yet been
Tampa television station WTSP reports that a witness said it
sounded like the engine was "cutting off", then the airplane banked
steeply and "went straight in." 9-1-1 dispatchers said they got
reports of a "loud banging" just before the accident, which
happened about 1400 local time.
No one was in the school building when the accident occurred,
and there were no injuries on the ground. The NTSB says it will be
difficult to re-construct the accident to determine the probable
cause because of the extensive damage to the airplane.
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