Initial report: Video caught plane crash at Santa Fe airport

May 3, 2019

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report Thursday that provided some new details of a fiery airplane crash last month that killed a flight instructor and student pilot at Santa Fe Regional Airport.

But the federal report did not determine a cause of the crash, which could take up to a year or two, according to agency spokesman Eric Weiss.

Longtime pilot and instructor Larry Haight, 72, and student pilot Edward Goldgehn, 60, both of Santa Fe, died when their two-seat Tecnam P2002 Sierra, a light-sport aircraft, crashed near a secondary runway at the airport around 3:30 p.m. April 8.

According to the report, a witness to the crash who was near the departure end of the runway told officials that as the plane took off, it did not climb very high before it went sideways and then nose-dived to the ground. The impact was about 525 feet northeast of the airport.

Surveillance video near the airport terminal showed the plane taking off and leveling out at a low altitude when a wing dropped and the aircraft began a steep nosedive, hitting the ground and bursting into flames, the report said.

The debris field was found to stretch for 180 feet, according to report.

Winds were up to 11 knots, or about 13 mph, and visibility stretched for 10 miles that day, the report said.

Haight, an instructor at Sierra Aviation, a flight school at the airport, had logged more than 10,000 hours of flight time, including more than 8,200 as an instructor, the company said.