Aircraft Disappeared About An Hour After Takeoff
A pilot and his passenger perished when a 2005 Savage, made by
Zlin Aviation in the Czech Republic, went down Wednesday in
northeastern New Mexico.
State police lieutenant Rick Anglada identified the pilot as
Jeffery Lane, 57, co-owner of the Bell Ranch, and the passenger as
Ryan Hartley, 34, according to the Associated Press.
The accident reportedly occurred on flat rangeland. Wreckage was
located near Mosquero, about 200 miles northeast of Albuquerque, by
Harding County Sheriff's deputies after family reported the
aircraft missing, said Anglada.
Family members told KOAT Action 7 News the plane took off from
the Bell Ranch at 0900 MDT Wednesday morning, and went down about
an hour later -- they reported it missing shortly thereafter. The
wreckage wasn't located until around 1800 that evening.
According to the manufacturer's website, the Savage (shown
above) "is a single-engine, high-wing, two-seater tandem microlight
aircraft of classic design. It is built in the Czech Republic in
full compliance with the aeronautical regulations in force in that
This is the second fatal accident in New Mexico in as many
weeks. A King Air E90 medevac flight went down near Ruidoso on Aug.
6, killing all five people on board, asANN reported.
Make/Model: EXP Description:
Date: 08/15/2007 Time: 2300
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: MOSQUERO State: NM Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE TWO
PERSONS ON BOARD WERE
FATALLY INJURED, NEAR MOSQUERO, NM
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Entry date: 08/16/2007