Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Arizona: Update--Frenchwoman, 79, Killed After Cessna 207 Losses Power, NTSB Investigates

According to The Associated Press, authorities have released the identity of a French tourist who died from injuries she suffered in a northern Arizona plane crash at Page Municipal Airport.

Page police Capt. Ray Varner said Jacquelina Vallois, 79, of Le Havre, died Saturday (May 10). She was part of a group from France that chartered a Cessna 207 for a short sightseeing tour around Page. 

COMMENT: Although I understand all too well the popularity of air tours that seem to now be prevalent in all countries. 

Even in the US, air charter crashes occur far more often than do scheduled air service, simply because most charter services don't have huge budgets and get paid only when they're aloft.

In my way of thinking, having flown all over the world on good airlines and bad, a flight that is not absolutely mandatory may be one to pass up.

Another passenger, Guy Vincent, was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with back injuries. He was listed Tuesday (May 13) in good condition. 

The pilot and three other passengers were treated for minor injuries. A seventh person was unhurt. 

Fortunately, the pilot survived, so he will hopefully be able to assist the NTSB in determining why the Cessna 207 lost power so early in the flight.
Federal officials investigating the crash said the Cessna experienced a partial loss of power about 20 minutes into flight. The pilot was returning to Page when the plane bounced short of the runway and flipped over. 

The NTSB is investigating the crash.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.