Plane Crashes In Grand Canyon, 2 Dead
July 31, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
PHOENIX, July 31 (UPI) — A small plane carrying two men from Rock Hill, S.C., to Henderson, Nev., was found crashed in the Grand Canyon, with both occupants dead, officials said.
The plane, a single-engine Cirrus SR20 registered to Delaware-based Anansi Aeronautics LLC, was found Saturday near DeMotte Park in Kaibab Nation Forest, Coconino County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gerry Blair told The Arizona Republic.
Blair confirmed both men aboard the plane were killed. Earlier reports from the Federal Aviation Administration said only the pilot was aboard.
Investigators said one of the men sent his wife a text message at 8:23 p.m. Saturday, saying they would arrive in Henderson in about 90 minutes. The plane disappeared from radar about 9 p.m.
The plane was reported missing by the pilot’s family when it failed to land in Henderson as scheduled.
Officials said the cause of the crash is being investigated.