Bree Burkitt, Arizona Republic
Officials identified a pilot and passenger who died after their small plane crashed into a Heber-Overgaard home Friday night.
The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as Jay A. Lynch, 82, of Port Orange, Fla., and 53-year-old Randal J. Lynch of Daytona Beach, Fla.
The crash occurred near the Mogollon Airpark on the Overgaard side of the joint, unincorporated communities located along the Mogollon Rim off State Route 260 shortly before 5 p.m., according to Chief Deputy Randy Moffitt of the Sheriff’s Office.
Moffitt said the couple had a property within a nearby luxury community and had recently purchased the single-engine Zodiac 601.
They were traveling from California back to their home state of Florida. It’s not clear whether they were intending to land at the hangar for the night or were taking off when the crash occurred, Moffitt said.
A resident in the area returned home and saw their house had been struck by the airplane and then saw the aircraft on the ground, Moffitt said.
The crash remained under investigation Saturday.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene Saturday to process the plane crash and conduct the investigation into the circumstances of the crash. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations was also on the scene assisting with the incident.