Jeff Piechura, 62, and Matthew Miller, 48, killed in plane crash during aerial reconnaissance mission in Wikieup, Arizona

Modified Date: 
Mon, 07/12/2021 - 6:35am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, July 10, 2021

2 firefighters die as plane goes down while surveying blaze

The Arizona Bureau of Land Management told KPHO-TV that the aircraft helping perform aerial reconnaissance and command and control over the Cedar Basin Fire burning near Wikieup, a tiny community of about 100, crashed around noon.

2 firefighters die in plane crash while responding to wildfire near Wikieup in Arizona

A witness told The Republic that she watched from her kitchen window as the plane came crashing down near Wikieup.

Former Stockton Fire Chief Among 2 Killed In Plane Crash Responding To Arizona Wildfire

The state Bureau of Land Management on Sunday identified the victims as Air Tactical Group Supervisor Jeff Piechura, 62, a retired Tucson-area fire chief who was working for the Coronado National Forest, and Matthew Miller, 48, a pilot with Falcon Executive Aviation contracted by the U.S. Forest Service.

People Involved: 
Jeff Piechura
Matthew Miller

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