Instagram Star Among 6 Dead After Small Aircraft Crashes onto Scottsdale Golf Course
Scottsdale, Arizona (April 12th, 2018) –A plane crashed on TPC Scottsdale Champions golf course shortly after takeoff on Monday night. This deadly plane crash in Scottsdale has led to raising questions about neighborhood safety in the area.
The plane took off from the Scottsdale Airport north of the golf course around 8:30 pm but the final destination is yet unknown, the plane crashed moments after takeoff a few hundred yards off the end of the runway.
Some moments before that crash inside the cockpit the pilot was calm no sounds of distress, but sounds of silence with six people confirmed to be on board.
Sources say one of the telling signs was the takeoff. The plane rise just some feet off the runway, without any altitude. It alarmed the person in the tower to the point where she asked the pilot, asking if there was distress.
Tower: “Comanche 5 6 … experiencing any difficulty?”
Pilot: “Ah, we’re good… We’re just in training mode.”
A few minutes later, the plane crashed
Reports state that the six-seater Piper PA-24 plane crashed on the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course. Shortly after it took off from Scottsdale Airport it crashed sparking a small fire at one of the golf holes. It was confirmed that no one survived among the six people on board. Yet the cause of the crash is still unknown.
According to reports, one of the passengers named Mariah Sunshine Coogan, 23, recorded, and posted a fun video showing the group together, smiling, and enjoying the moment with Pilot James Pedroza, 28, to her 28,000 followers Instagram page earlier before the crash.
Other victims on board were identified as Erik Valente, 26; Helena Lagos, 22; Iris Carolina Rodriguez Garcia, 23; and Anand Anil Patel, 28.
Found on Pedroza’s Instagram page which has more than 12,000 followers on Tuesday was a message saying “Last night the world took James Pedroza from us in a plane crash.”
Deadly Plane Crash In Scottsdale Investigation
Investigators suggest that the small plane was overcrowded. In addition, it had a full tank of gas. On top of that, all of the heavy luggage weigh the small propeller plane down even more. The small plane may not have been able to handle all the weight with an unlicensed pilot.
The Scottsdale police have requested that full conduct of investigation be carried out to know the cause of the crash but the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that no one at the golf course was hurt.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently conducting an investigation into the incident with help from the Federal Aviation Administration. Although an initial report is expected to be released in 10 to 14 days before the full details of what occurred which could take up to 18 months, as it’s typical in aviation investigations.
“Right now, it’s something we’re trying to find out,” Eliott Simpson, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said in a news briefing.