Earlier today at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona, a T-6 Texan crashed just off the end of the runway. Preliminary reports are stating that there were two souls on board, and both were killed upon impact and post crash fire. The North American T-6 Texan is a single engine aircraft that was used before, during, and after World War II to train pilots from the United States Army Air Force, United States Navy, Royal Air Force, and many other military flying units around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board, as well as their family and friends.
Two people were killed when a fixed-wing airplane crashed as it was taking off from Falcon Field Airport in Mesa Tuesday evening.
Emergency crews were dispatched at about 6:45 p.m. The Mesa Fire and Medical Department confirmed the fatalities less than 30 minutes later.
Aerial video from the scene showed the demolished single-engine AT-6 on Greenfield Road on the west side of the airport. The nose section housing the propeller broke away from the body of the aircraft and was laying a few feet away. A portion of the wreckage was covered with a tarp.
It’s not clear if weather was a factor in the crash.