Two killed in small plane crash identified | KOB 4

Two killed in small plane crash identified

Marian Camacho, Ryan Laughlin
October 17, 2018 06:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Michael Vavrek, 68, and Judy Vavrek, 67, have been identified as the two people who were killed in a small plane crash west of Albuquerque. 


The single-engine Cessna 182 went down just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, approximately five miles southwest of Double Eagle II Airport. 

According to Albuquerque Fire Rescue officials, initial reports indicated that the pilot was going to attempt to land along I-40, expressing that they were not going to make it to the airport. Soon after that report, information from Double Eagle was relayed to crews that the aircraft was no longer visible on radar.

Preliminary information from the FAA shows the pilot reported encountering icing and loss of engine power shortly before the crash.

Tom Pentecost, the chief flight instructor at Del Sol Aviation, believes the plane was at risk from the moment it took off.

"That aircraft, in my mind, in my view, had no business being up there," he said. "They were coming into Double Eagle and they were close. And what happens in your mind when you're doing that is that you say, 'Only have 15 or 20 miles to go. I can make it.'"


Marian Camacho, Ryan Laughlin

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