Phoenix training flight turned dead; pilot killed
Legal news for Arizona aviation accident attorneys. A small plane crashed during a training flight, killing the pilot.
Arizona aviation accident attorneys alert- A Phoenix plane crash occurred during a training fight that left the pilot dead.
Phoenix, AZ—A single-engine plane crashed into an empty lot in a Phoenix trailer park, which left the 24-year-old pilot dead. The plane crashed near Interstate 17 and Deer Valley Drive around 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2010, as reported by ABC15.
The Phoenix Police Department identified the pilot as Jingduo (Amy) Zhai, who was a student pilot from China. Zhai reportedly took off from Deer Valley Airport, when she began her long training flight. As Zhai was returning to the airport, she was apparently flying very low and struck some power lines before she nose-dived into the open field. Zhai is believed to have died on impact. Responding rescue crews reportedly arrived at the scene and immediately began to cut Zhai out of the wreckage, but she had already passed away. The plane was even still running when rescue teams arrived at the site. The plane was identified as a 2002 Piper Archer Single Engine Aircraft, which was registered to TransPac Aviation Academy at Deer Valley Airport. It is unknown what prompted the plane to fly at such low altitude, whether it was mechanical or pilot error. A full investigation is currently underway by aviation officials. Zahi is reportedly a resident of Arizona.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Arizona aviation accident lawyers.