Three of Four People Killed in Mid-Air Plane Crash Were Flight Instructors, NTSB Says
The NTSB report says the planes were on a similar path the morning of May 31, before they both made turns toward one another and collided.
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"Both airplanes executed their turn simultaneously," the preliminary report says. "Shortly after each target completed its turn the paths of both targets intersected."
There were no survivors, and the collision was seen by another pilot, as well as a man riding his bike, who both called authorities to the crash site near New River, in the north Valley.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told New Times the collision occurred around 10 a.m., about 15 miles west-northwest of the Deer Valley Airport.
The NTSB usually takes several months to determine the probable cause of accidents, and this preliminary report was just released yesterday.
Paul Brownell and Basil Onuferko, both employees of TransPac Aviation Academy, were aboard one of the planes. Hot Air Expeditions president Margie Long and project manager Carl Prince were in the other plane.
A statement from Hot Air Expeditions identifies Prince as the certified flight instructor, and Long as his student.
Prince had been providing flight instruction to Long since August 2012, the statement says.
All the details released by the NTSB can be found on the next page: