2 people die after small plane crash at Santa Fe airport

April 9, 2019

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.