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Two die in plane crash on Kaibab
On Saturday, July 30, 2011, a crew member aboard a Civil Air Patrol search plane spotted the wreckage of an aircraft in the area of DeMotte Park on the Kaibab National Forest.Coconino County Sheriff’s Office personnel arrived on scene at about 1:30 p.m. and confirmed the identity of the aircraft and unfortunately discovered two fatalities on board.
The names of the deceased are believed to be 39 year-old Andrew Jay Weiner of Henderson, Nevada and 32 year-old Jacobe Daniel Foster of San Francisco, California. These are the names given to investigators by family members who originally reported their plane as overdue in arriving at Henderson. Due to the nature of the crash, positive identification of the two victims found on board was not possible at the scene. However, driver’s and pilot’s licenses for the above two listed individuals were found at the crash site. Investigators will continue to attempt positive identification with additional forensic investigation.
The investigation will continue by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
On Saturday, July 30, 2011, at about 8 a.m., Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received notification from the Arizona Department of Emergency Management of an overdue aircraft that was last known to be in Coconino County. The aircraft, described as a white Cirrus SR 20 single engine with identification of N-365DP, reportedly had two adult males aboard and was flying from Rock Hill, South Carolina, with a destination of Henderson.
The last radar contact with the overdue plane was on Friday, July 29, northwest of DeMotte Park located in the Kaibab Forest. One of the two men aboard sent a text message to his wife on Friday at approximately 8:23 p.m. indicating they would arrive in Henderson, in about 90 minutes from when the message was sent.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit conducted ground searches, while the Civil Air Patrol conducted air searches with three fixed-wing aircraft.
Other agencies assisting with this mission included the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Arizona Department of Emergency Management, United States Forest Service and National Park Service.