Wed, Apr 23, 2008
Pilot Reported Mechanical Problems
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.23.08 1100 MDT: The
Wednesday morning downing of a Lancair IV-P shortly after takeoff
from Falcon Field (FFZ) in Mesa, AZ resulted in the loss of all
three people onboard.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the homebuilt aircraft was
cleared to return to FFZ after controllers saw smoke coming from
the plane. Local news reports add the aircraft's pilot reported
mechanical problems before the plane crashed in an orange grove
near the airport.
"At first the pilot banked left toward the shopping center and
then he must have realized that he wasn't going to make it and
turned to his right and went down into the orange grove," witness
Antonio Gonzales told the Arizona Republic, as reported by UPI.
The single-engine aircraft (type shown below) took off from FFZ
at 0710 MST, and was believed to be heading to John Wayne Airport
in Santa Ana, CA.
No information about the identities of those onboard the plane
has been released.
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