SELIGMAN, Arizona (KFDX/KJTL) — A Texas contractor and his wife have died in a plane crash in a remote area north of Seligman, Arizona.
According to multiple family friends, the victims were identified as Chad and Brandi Wilson, owners of Wilson Contracting of Wichita Falls, Texas.
According to Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, around 11:48 a.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Sept. 13, the sheriff’s deputies out of the Williams/Grand Canyon Substation responded to an area north of Seligman about a report of a missing aircraft.
Deputies notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a plane that had gone off the radar between Kingman and Flagstaff.
When deputies could not reach the area, an Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter was called to help in the search, and it located the crash scene and confirmed the two fatalities around 1:30 p.m., Arizona time.
There had been very bad storms in the area, and Jon Paxton with CSO said the helicopter had to leave the scene as more storms moved in.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was notified of the crash and was called to investigate.
Wichita County Sheriff David Duke says his office was called Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 13, by people the Wilsons were going to meet before a deputy made contact with a member of the Wilson family at their home.