Lake Havasu family killed in plane crash

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 10 at 9:21 AM

LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ.--The Lake Havasu City Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Captain Don Mesisca and his wife and son were killed Sunday when their plane crashed near Alamo Lake.

The family was not reported missing until Mesisca failed to show up for work Wednesday morning. At that point a civil air patrol search began.

A relative of Mesisca called 3TV shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday and said the plane was found, but there were no survivors.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Cessna 182 was located in an area of rugged terrain about 110 miles northwest of Phoenix.

The plane took off from Glendale on Sunday evening. A storm was moving into Arizona that night.

Mesisca, his wife Rosie and their 20-year-old son Brett had traveled to Glendale to watch the Cardinals game.

Mesisca was a 33-year veteran with the Lake Havasu City Fire Department according to fellow firefighter Mark Beals.

Beals, who is the president of the Lake Havasu City Professional Firefighters Association, said Mesisca and his wife and son were avid Cardinal fans and season ticket holders and frequently flew to Glendale to watch games.

Beals said Mesisca loved being a pilot.

"He was very well known in the community, very active, always has been since he started his career here," said Beal.

"Don was a great guy, he was always willing to give everything he had to the community, to us, to the department, he was just a guy you could always count on to be there."

The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.

 The Associated Press contributed to this report

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