Sunday, May 11, 2014

Arizona/Utah: Three Passengers Killed in Crash of Cessna, Four Passengers Treated, Released

According to, a single-engine, general aviation high-wing Cessna transporting the pilot and six passengers from France has crashed at Page Municipal Airport, some 100 miles from the Grand Canyon

Three unidentified occupants were killed in the crash.

The aircraft is owned by American Aviation, based out of Salt Lake City.

The Cessna plane was attempting to land at Page when it crashed. Reports said high winds pushed its tail downward into the sand before touchdown which caused it to flip over. The aircraft is owned by American Aviation in Salt Lake City which offers sightseeing tours.

At the center of the Grand Circle (Grand Canyon, Arches National Park, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park), Page Airport is perfectly situated. 

American Aviation was founded in 1983 in Salt Lake City, providing flight training and air charter services. In 2001 the company expanded its services to Page Municipal Airport providing air tours, aircraft maintenance, aircraft fueling and flight training.

American Aviation began operating two aircraft with a total of nine passenger seats. Due to the high demand for our scenic air tour flights we have increased our fleet to a total of thirteen high-wing single engine Cessna aircraft, with a capacity of 73 seats.

COMMENT: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said they will investigate the accident together with the police.

Although I fully realize that air tours are one of the fastest-growing industries in the US, as well as other countries, it should be noted that GA (general aviation) aircraft have a higher accident rate than do scheduled commercial carriers.

For those years reported, per 100,000 miles flown, the fatality rate for scheduled commercial aircraft was 0.02 whereas the fatality rate for general aviation carriers was 1.11.

Due to the analysis required, there are huge gaps in the currency of data reporting.

Page is situated at 4,300 feet elevation and has a 5,950-foot runway. 

The Airport is served by three full service FBO--American Aviation, Classic Aviation and Lake Powell Jet Center. 

Charter Service and air tours of the Grand Circle are provided by American Aviation, Grand Canyon Airlines, and Westwind Aviation.

Page Police Capt. Ray Varner said four passengers were sent to the hospital and later released. Police have not released the names of the fatalities.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.