Crash kills student pilot at Ryan field
Clayton R. Norman Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 12:00 am
Authorities are still trying to determine what caused a student pilot to fatally crash at Ryan Airfield on Sunday.
The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m., said Cpl. Neil Brown of the Tucson Airport Authority Police.
The student pilot was practicing touch-and-go landing maneuvers, Brown said, and had been flying with an instructor earlier in the day. He was training in a Cessna 150 owned by a flight school that operates at the airport, and he was on a final approach when he crashed, Brown said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities did not release his name because his family had not been notified.
Brown said officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will try to determine the cause of the crash.
Crashes are unusual at Ryan Airfield, Brown said. The last one he could recall occurred more than a year ago. Conditions at the time of the crash weren’t considered dangerous, he said.
“This is a really safe airport,” he said.
“It was a perfect day for flying.”
The runway where the crash occurred was closed while officials secured the area, but the rest of the airfield remained open.
Units from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Drexel Heights Fire Department also responded to help out at the crash site.
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