BREAKING | WWII Plane Crashes– 2 Dead
Our Hearts Go Out To The Families.
On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, a plane crash was called in at about 6:30 Pm in Phoenix, Arizona. The incident took place a short distance away from the airport, with emergency crews showing up minutes later.
The aerial video shows a completely destroyed At-6 Texan, a World War II era trainer. It’s clear the aircraft caught fire after impact with the engine falling off the plane. Emergency crews covered the cockpit with a tarp, as both passengers were killed in the crash.
“These airplanes are maintained especially well and these accidents don’t happen often.”-Retired U.S. Air Force Pilot Dick Stich
Although their names were not immediately released, the passengers were later identified as Jessie R. Goodwin, 43, and Ataberk Besler, 18.
Goodwin was a First Officer at American Airlines and was described by friends and the aviation community as “one hell of a pilot and even better person.”
Besler was an exchange student from Turkey who attended Washington High School in Glendale.
The FAA is still conducting an investigation and although there was a sand storm right before takeoff, they’re still unsure whether it was the cause of the accident.