French tourist dies after plane crashes in US

French tourist dies after plane crashes in US

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French tourist dies after plane crashes in US

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Posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 11:47 AM

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities have released the identity of a French tourist who died from injuries she suffered in a northern Arizona plane crash.

Page police Capt. Ray Varner says 79-year-old Jacquelina Vallois, of Le Havre, died Saturday. She was part of a group from France that chartered a Cessna 207 for a short sightseeing tour around Page.

Another passenger, Guy Vincent, was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with back injuries. He was listed Tuesday in good condition.

The pilot and three other passengers were treated for minor injuries. A seventh person was unhurt.

Federal officials investigating the crash say the plane experienced a partial loss of power about 20 minutes into flight. The pilot was headed back toward the airport when the plane bounced short of the runway and landed upside down.

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NTSB: Plane lost power before fatal Arizona crash

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal transportation officials say a plane on a sightseeing tour in northern Arizona experienced a loss of engine power before it crashed, killing one person.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the pilot had been flying for about 20 minutes over Page on Saturday when the engine partially lost power. Knudson says the pilot was returning to the airport to land but fell about 250 feet short of the runway. Knudson says the single-engine Cessna 207 bounced and landed upside down amid gusty conditions.

Authorities say one passenger died after being rushed to the hospital and another was seriously injured.

The identities of the pilot and the six French tourists onboard have not been released.

Knudson said Monday that a preliminary report is expected within 10 business days.

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NTSB investigating deadly Arizona plane crash

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal transportation officials are investigating what caused a single-engine plane carrying a pilot and six French tourists to crash in northern Arizona, killing one person.

Bob Logan, chief pilot for American Aviation, Inc. in their Page location, says National Transportation Safety Board investigators were at the crash site Sunday.

Police say the aircraft hit the ground and toppled over near the airport runway amid windy conditions Saturday afternoon.

Capt. Ray Varner says one passenger died after being rushed to a hospital, while another is in stable condition at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Logan says the pilot was among four people treated and released for minor injuries.

Logan declined to identify the pilot, citing the ongoing NTSB investigation.

He says the company is very sad for the people involved.

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Small plane crashes in Arizona; 1 dead and 5 hurt

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- A single-engine plane carrying a pilot and six French tourists crashed while landing at a northern Arizona airport, killing one person and injuring five others, authorities said.

The aircraft hit the ground and toppled over near the airport runway amid windy conditions Saturday afternoon in Page, the center of a tourist area about 200 miles north of Phoenix, Page Police Capt. Ray Varner said.

"The plane hit the sand and flipped over upside down," Varner told The Associated Press.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the Cessna 207 crashed 400 to 500 feet short of the runway.

One passenger died after being rushed to a hospital, while another was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center. Varner didn't have injury details but said the passenger was apparently in stable condition.

He said four others received hospital treatment for minor injuries and were released, while the seventh person was unhurt. The pilot was among the injured.

The aircraft had been on a sightseeing tour, Varner said.

Both the captain and the FAA website listed the aircraft's registered owner as American Aviation Inc. of Salt Lake City.

A person answering the phone there late Saturday said they didn't have any information.

Varner said that the hometowns of the passengers were still being determined, but at least one of them was from the French city of Le Havre.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash. Both Gregor and Varner said it was being investigated.

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