Experimental plane pilot dies in crash near Eloy

Eloy Police Investigate Fatal Aircraft Crash in Toltec Area, Pilot’s Identity Confirmed

The Eloy Police Department is actively engaged in the investigation of a tragic incident, a crash that occurred in the Toltec area, just south of the Eloy Municipal Airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. on December 8th. Eyewitnesses reported a distressing sight of a large black smoke cloud emanating from the crash site.

Upon arriving at the scene, the EPD promptly assured the public that there was no immediate threat to their safety despite the disturbing visual of the smoke plume.

The aircraft involved in this devastating event has been identified as a single-engine fixed-wing Skystar Kitfox Series 5 airplane. At present, the cause behind this tragic crash remains shrouded in mystery, leaving investigators grappling with unanswered questions.

According to the preliminary details released by the authorities, the ill-fated flight originated from Tucson and was headed towards the Eloy Municipal Airport. Tragically, during its return flight to Tucson, the aircraft met with the calamitous crash. The EPD has emphasized that the exact cause leading to this heart-wrenching incident is yet to be determined.

Sergeant Jeremy Sammons from the EPD expressed their condolences to the family and friends impacted by this irreplaceable loss. “The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, succumbed to the crash. Out of respect for the family, the pilot’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin,” Sergeant Sammons stated. The EPD extends their deepest sympathies during this immensely difficult time and assures the community of their commitment to providing updates as the investigation unfolds.

Subsequent reports confirmed the pilot’s identity as Kenneth Szeluga, a resident of Tucson, whose tragic demise has left a void in the hearts of many.

In their pursuit of understanding the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident, the Eloy Police Department has transferred the investigative responsibilities to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This decision aims to leverage the expertise and resources of these federal agencies to thoroughly examine the details surrounding the crash and ascertain the cause behind this unfortunate event.

As the investigation continues, the community is urged to offer their support and cooperation. The authorities are committed to unraveling the details of this incident and ensuring that any contributing factors are meticulously examined to prevent such tragedies in the future. Further updates will be shared as the investigation progresses.

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