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Posted on: August 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] One Confirmed Fatality in Aircraft Crash South of Flagstaff

Around 9:00 pm on August 2, 2016 76 year old Homer "Mac" McClure picked up donated blood from the United Blood Services in Flagstaff, AZ. He left Pulliam Airport around 9:14 pm. Shortly thereafter, residents in Kachina Village and Forest Highlands reported hearing erratic airplane engine sounds followed by a large crash. Coconino County Sheriff's Office, AZ DPS, Flagstaff Police, Highlands Fire, and AZ DOT responded to the scene of his crashed Twin Engine Piper Seneca approximately 5 mi southwest of the airport and approximately 50 yards east of SR89A. There were no reports or indications of a fire. The debris field of the crash is over 200 yards long; tops of trees broken off show an impact path. Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Medical Examiners Office, the FAA, NTSB will be investigating.

Flagstaff, AZ - At least one fatality has been confirmed in an aircraft crash just south of Forest Highlands (neighborhood south of Flagstaff, AZ). The identity of the aircraft or victim are not yet available.

Around 9:24 pm on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 the Flagstaff / Coconino 911 Center received reports from several citizens in the Forest Highlands and Kachina Village areas of a loud crash, possibly a downed aircraft. Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Arizona Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to an area just south of Forest Highlands on SR89A and noticed the odor of fuel. They located the crash site near the highway. Highlands Fire Department and DPS Air Rescue also assisted in this response.

No further details are available at this time. We hope to be able to provide further details by Wednesday (August 3, 2016), mid-morning.

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Media Contact: 928-226-5009 or ewiltenmuth@coconino.az.gov

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