On October 5, 2009, at approximately 2 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported downed aircraft in the Horsethief Basin area near Crown King, Arizona. YCSO Communications personnel received the initial call from the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, State Fire Dispatch Center, who reported firefighters finding a plane crash at the location. Personnel from the Arizona Bureau of Land Management were handling a brush fire in the vicinity apparently caused by the plane crash, and were not aware of the crash during their initial fire fighting efforts.
YCSO has confirmed at least one deceased individual as a result of the crash. Direct access to the crash site, which lies on a remote mountainside, is available only by air. Due to setting darkness, there will be no recovery attempt until daylight hours tomorrow, October 6.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified. NTSB investigators are expected on scene sometime tomorrow.
The identity of the deceased individual has not been released pending notification to immediate family.
Specific details regarding the pilot’s flight plan and type of aircraft are being referred to the FAA.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov