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David Mauritson, 67, and Phil Dryden, 66, killed in small-plane crash near Mobile Regional Airport in Mobile, Alabama

Modified Date: 
Thu, 02/04/2016 - 6:42pm
Accident Date: 
Monday, February 1, 2016

Official: 2 people dead following small plane crash

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Two people have died after a small plane crashed near Mobile Regional Airport. Air traffic control towers lost contact with the plane as it was coming in for a landing. Authorities then responded to the report of the missing plane and began a search effort. Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner tells media outlets the plane's pilot and passenger were returning home from a charity flight late Monday night. Heavy fog hampered the search and aerial assistance was not available.

Official: 2 people dead following small plane crash

Air traffic control towers lost contact with the plane as it was coming in for a landing. Authorities then responded to the report of the missing plane and began a search effort. Wehner says the plane was discovered just before 2 a.m. He says officials created a picket line and walked in the woods during their search. Heavy fog hampered the search and aerial assistance was not available.

Two people killed in plane crash after Angel Flight mission

MOBILE, AL — Two people are dead in a plane crash after completing an Angel Flight. The crash happened at the Mobile Regional Airport. Angel Flight is a program where pilots volunteer their time and planes to “arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need.” “A lot of us started in three wheelers and we couldn’t go  25 yards, it’s too dense it was literally walking the whole way.”  The search was hindered all night by poor, foggy conditions,” Airport Authority Director Roger Wehner told WKRG. The names of those killed are not being released at this time. The National Transportation Safety Board is on the scene.

Official: 2 people dead following small plane crash - WEAR - ABC

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Two people have died after a small plane crashed near Mobile Regional Airport.Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner tells media outlets the plane's pilot and passenger were returning home from a charity flight late Monday night.Air traffic control towers lost contact with the plane as it was coming in for a landing.Authorities then responded to the report of the missing plane and began a search effort. Heavy fog hampered the search and aerial assistance was not available.Wehner says the plane was discovered just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. He says officials created a picket line and walked in the woods during their search.The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation.

Accidents at Mobile Regional Airport Extremely Rare

There haven’t been fatal accidents at Mobile’s airport since the early 1980’s.  There were fatal accidents at Mobile Regional in 1982 and 1983.  

2 people dead following small plane crash

Two people have died after a small plane crashed near Mobile Regional Airport. Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner tells media outlets the plane's pilot and passenger were returning home from a charity flight late Monday night. Air traffic control towers lost contact with the plane as it was coming in for a landing. Authorities then responded to the report of the missing plane and began a search effort. Heavy fog hampered the search and aerial assistance was not available.

Civil Air Patrol identifies 2 people killed in plane crash

The Civil Air Patrol says its pilots perform compassion flights, often to transport patients or family members to or from treatment. The patrol said pilot David Mauritson, 67, of Fairhope, Alabama, was returning from such a flight after flying a patient to an airport near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the Cessna 182 crashed near Mobile Regional Airport Monday. The patrol said Mauritson was killed, along with Phil Dryden, 66, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, who served as mission scanner for the flight. Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner says the plane was discovered just before 2 a.m. Tuesday after a search for the wreckage.

Two Civil Air Patrol Members Killed in Crash - Alabama News

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The Civil Air Patrol has identified two of its members, who were killed in a south Alabama plane crash while returning from Louisiana after flying a medical patient there for treatment. The Civil Air Patrol says its pilots perform compassion flights, often to transport patients or family members to or from treatment. The patrol said Mauritson was killed, along with Phil Dryden, 66, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, who served as mission scanner for the flight. The patrol said pilot David Mauritson, 67, of Fairhope, Alabama, was returning from such a flight after flying a patient to an airport near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the Cessna 182 crashed near Mobile Regional Airport Monday. Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner says the plane was discovered just before 2 a.m.

Civil Air Patrol identifies 2 people killed in plane crash

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Civil Air Patrol has identified two of its members, who were killed in a south Alabama plane crash while returning from Louisiana after flying a medical patient there for treatment. The Civil Air Patrol says its pilots perform compassion flights, often to transport patients or family members to or from treatment. The patrol said Mauritson was killed, along with Phil Dryden, 66, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, who served as mission scanner for the flight. Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner says the plane was discovered just before 2 a.m. The patrol said pilot David Mauritson, 67, of Fairhope, Alabama, was returning from such a flight after flying a patient to an airport near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the Cessna 182 crashed near Mobile Regional Airport Monday.

Plane Wreckage Pulled From Woods Near Mobile Regional Airport

Crews battle swampy conditions to recover crashed Cessna plane near the airport in West Mobile.

Fairhope Tennis Association remembers plane crash victim

The Fairhope Tennis Association met for the first time Thursday since they learned of their teammate’s death. Mauritson not only held several professions and volunteer positions throughout his lifetime, but he was also a tennis player and former president of the Fairhope Tennis Association. Mauritson was president of the Fairhope Tennis Association for two years and members say he played a big role in promoting the new tennis courts that will be built sometime this year. Friends of David Mauritson are remembering him as a selfless man dedicated to the community. David R. Mauritson of Fairhope has been a member of Civil Air Patrol since September of 1991.
People Involved: 
David Mauritson
Phil Dryden
City: 
Mobile, AL

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