Plane departed Guymon Monday for Colorado Springs, Colo., wasn’t discovered until Wednesday afternoon
By NANCY KLETECKA
• Guymon Daily Herald
The search for a small aircraft that took off from the Guymon airport on Monday has ended in tragedy.
“The wreckage of a single engine Mooney that was reported overdue on a flight from El Reno, Okla., to the Colorado Springs, Colo., area was located around 4 p.m. (Wednesday), about four miles northwest of Guymon,” said Lynn Lunsford, Mid-States Public Affairs Manager Federal Aviation Administration in a press release about the incident.
According to the statement provided by Lunsford, relatives of the pilot, whose name has not yet been released, reported the aircraft missing on Tuesday.
“The plane departed El Reno sometime Monday morning and was last seen in the vicinity of Guymon later that day,” he said. “The wreckage was mostly consumed by fire. Oklahoma Highway Patrol tells us that the bodies of at least two people are on board (however that has not been confirmed). The wreckage was discovered in a field by a pilot of another aircraft.”
The Herald was able to locate the crash site, four miles northwest of Guymon, Wednesday evening, which was secured by troopers of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
According to the troopers at the scene, FAA and NTSB investigators had not yet arrived. Lunsford advised the GDH that investigators should be on site today around noon.
The FAA’s Web site shows that the craft, bearing tail number N9330M, is registered to Neil J. Asting of Monument, Colo. It is unknown at this time whether or not Asting was the pilot of the aircraft.
According to Lunsford, the FAA does not identify victims.
“Those names will be released by the medical examiner or appropriate law enforcement officials once the identification is verified,” the release stated.
The NTSB will be in charge of the crash investigation.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An AP story late Wednesday reported: “The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says at least two people were killed in the crash. Trooper Betsy Randolph says troopers are keeping the scene secure until federal investigators arrive at the scene.