Authorities in northeastern Nevada said a private plane crash Friday, April 24, in Nevada’s Goshute Valley near the Utah border killed three family members.
The airplane, a single-engine Beechcraft BE35 Bonanza, was trying to land for unknown reasons, authorities said. It collided with the ground with its nose down, authorities told the Associated Press.
The crash killed 48-year-old Thomas Kvanvig, his wife, 49-year-old Stacie Kvanvig, and their 8-year-old son Daniel Kvanvig. The family, from Gilbert, Arizona, leaves behind two daughters, 16-year-old Piper and 20-year-old Macyn.
According to the AP, the Kvanvig family took off from Chandler Municipal Airport about 9:30 a.m. Friday and was last seen in Colorado City, Arizona, about two hours’ flight time north. The intermediate stop in Colorado City on the Arizona-Utah border presumably was to refuel the plane.
Later in the day, the U.S. Air Force notified the Elko County, Nevada Sheriff’s Office of a possible plane crash and provided coordinates. A REACH aircraft was dispatched to the area where the crash had reportedly occurred and spotted the wreckage within 100 feet of the coordinates provided by the Air Force. A recovery team was sent to the crash site at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Elko Daily Free Press.
Mr. Kvanvig was an engineer for Intel Corp. in Chandler, Arizona, and a member of BeechTalk, a group for Beechcraft airplane owners and pilots, according to his LinkedIn profile. Stacie Kvanvig was a realtor at Keller Williams Legacy One Realty in Chandler.
Mr. and Mrs. Kvanvig were originally from Idaho, where they attended high school and fell in love. They were flying from Chandler to Twin Falls, Idaho, to visit family when the crash occurred.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading an investigation of the crash along with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Elko County Sheriff’s Office.
Plane crash investigations usually last a year or longer before the NTSB determines a possible cause and issues a final report. Investigators will look at a range of potential factors, including weather conditions, mechanical problems with the aircraft, maintenance records, toxicology reports, and pilot training and experience, among others.
Beasley Allen lawyer Mike Andrews focuses much of his practice on aviation litigation and currently represents families of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 victims involving the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. In addition to his Ethiopian Airlines crash clients, Mike has represented people seriously injured in a variety of aviation crashes, and the families of those killed in both civilian and military airplane crashes and helicopter crashes.