2 people die after small plane crash at Santa Fe airport
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say both the pilot and passenger were killed in the small airplane crash at the Santa Fe Regional Airport.
New Mexico State Police identified the victims as 72-year-old instructor/pilot Larry Haight and 60-year-old student pilot Edward Jay Goldgehn.
Both were Santa Fe residents.
Haight was a flight instructor at the Sierra Aviation flight school.
Authorities say the two men were practicing touch-and-go landing techniques when the single-engine aircraft crashed and burned at the airport Monday afternoon.
Officials say the touch-and-go maneuver is when a plane briefly lands then takes off again.
Airport officials say Federal Aviation Administration personnel were at the crash scene Monday.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.