Flagstaff plane crash victims identified; second crash out of Page

FLAGSTAFF, PAGE—The victims of the plane that crashed departing Pulliam Airport in Flagstaff yesterday have been tentatively identified as 59-year old Matthew Sulivan Mezger of Sacramento, California and his 54-year old wife Mary Patricia Hughes.

The cause of the crash of the Beechcraft 336 single engine plane is still being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff’s department in cooperation with other agencies indicates that the couple spent the weekend in Flagstaff and flew out of Pulliam airport on Tuesday intending to fly to Bryce Canyon, Utah. The plane crashed at about 11:45 in the Mountainaire neighborhood of Flagstaff.

The Sheriff’s office also investigated a plane crash out of Page Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The dispatcher of the Page Police Department received a cell phone call from the passengers of a downed aircraft 5 miles east of the Page Airport in the vicinity of the Navajo Generating Station.

The Sheriff’s Department, Navajo Police Department and Page Fire Department responded and located a privately-owned, twin engine place out of Nevada.

The plane had left New Orleans heading to Nevada with planned fuel stops in Texas and Page, Arizona. According to statements, the fuel supply expired approximately 5 miles prior to the Page Airport.

The passengers reported only minor injuries to the pilot.

Investigation of the plane crash will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.