Mobile, AL Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182T Crash Kills Two CAP Officers, Feb 2016
Reports started streaming in to local emergency officials just before 8 pm on Monday that a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182T, N784CP plane was missing, prompting a large response in an effort to locate the plane.
After hours of searching, officials announced that the wreckage had been found and two lives had been lost.
Civil Air Patrol Deputy Director of Public Affairs Julie DeBardelaben said the crash killed pilot Maj David R. Mauritson, 67 of Fairhope and mission scanner 2nd Lt Phil J. Dryden, 66 of Gulf Shores.
Mauritson has been a member of CAP since September 1991 and Dryden has been a member of CAP since Nov 2015.
He’s had his pilot license since he was a teenager, and survived a nasty plane crash in Tuscaloosa in 1995, where he worked as a cardiologist.
His wife Eleanora told AL.com that her husband was “a good man and a caring person.” He graduated from Harvard Medical School and had been flying for 50 years.
Mauritson’s mother taught him how to fly, and he taught both of his adult children. He helped fly angel flights as well other humanitarian missions.
Eleanora said that her heart goes out to the Dryden family after the tragic accident Monday night. “I know what they’re going through,” she said.
Mauritson flew as a volunteer pilot for Mercy Flight Southeast, based in Leesburg, Florida, and for SouthWings, an aviation-oriented conservation group. He was a certified flight instructor with 50 years of flying experience.
He was chairman of the Awards Committee of the Flying Physicians Association, previously served as its president and received the group’s Distinguished Service award in 2004. A lawyer as well as a physician, he also belonged to the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
“Dr. Maurtison was a hero to our Mercy Flight Southeast family having signed up to fly 33 missions over the years,” said Steve Purello, CEO of Mercy Flight Southeast.
“He was an admired pilot who flew over 11,000 hours and was a certified instructor.Taught to fly by his mother who was also a certified flight instructor, David passed along his passion for flying to his children and was their instructor as well. His compassion and commitment to our cause to get people to far from home medical care will be sorely missed. Our sincerest condolences go out to the Mauritson and Dryden families.”
Mercy Flight Southeast’s network of 650 volunteer pilots provides free air transportation to life-saving medical appointments for people who otherwise could not get there.
Dryden’s son Gene posted several pictures of his father with planes and boats, a testament to the time they spent together and how he will be missed. “In memory of a man I am proud to call my father,” he captioned the photos. “I will always miss you, and I will never forget you.”
Gene was unavailable for further comment Tuesday afternoon.
Dryden joined CAP on November 3, 2015 and gained certification in emergency services and trained as a mission scanner. He served as the Mobile squadron’s assistant operations officer.
The crash’s cause is still under investigation.
Keith Holloway with the National Transportation Safety Board said the agency’s investigator arrived in Mobile early Tuesday morning, ready to begin an investigation into what brought down the small plane.
“It was found in a heavily wooded area near Mobile Regional Airport,” said Holloway.
Holloway confirmed the flight was a Civil Air Patrol flight and the Cessna 182T, N784CP was used with the program.
They also help with charity and humanitarian flights, which they were doing on Monday night, according to DeBardelaben. The pilot bears the expense of the fuel, maintenance and related costs for such flights.
Airport Authority confirms two deceased in plane crash Mobile Airport Authority confirms that a crashed plane located near the airport had no survivors. A pilot and passenger were in the plane, returning to Mobile after a charity flight. Mauritson’s mother taught him how to fly, and he taught both of his adult children. He helped fly angel flights as well other humanitarian missions.
Two deceased in Mobile plane crash Early Tuesday morning, Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner confirmed that two people are deceased after a plane crashed near the airport.
- By Cassie Fambro, WTVM-TV
Video -Final moments of doomed Civil Air Patrol flight - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-AkFDk3r8U&feature=youtu.be
February 1, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that the family of David Richard MAURITSON, MD, JD (67) report his passing on February 1st 2016. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1948, David attended Westminster College, Harvard Medical School, and the Birmingham School of Law. He was a board-certified cardiologist who founded Cardiology Associates of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa and was in practice for over 40 years. He also practiced law in Alabama for 7 years. Dr. Mauritson was an avid pilot and flight instructor who volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol. He was a member and past National President of the Flying Physicians Association. He was also a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors and an official with the United States Tennis Association, among many other professional and civic organizations. He played the trumpet and baritone with the Baldwin Pops Band, and volunteered at the Alabama Free Clinic. David was also a member of the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship. David is survived by his wife of 42 years, Eleanora Mauritson, his sister Barbara (Dick) Brown of Rowlett, TX, and his brother James L. Mauritson of Oklahoma City, OK. He is also survived by his two adult children, Amy E. Mauritson, MD of Memphis, TN, Eric B. Mauritson of Tampa, FL, his daughter-in-law Lydia (Eric) Mauritson, and his two grandchildren Luke David Mauritson (4) and Audrey Eleanor Mauritson (1). David is preceded in death by his father Donald F. Mauritson, his mother Janet E. Mauritson, and his sister Nancy Mauritson. A memorial service will be held at Fairhope Christian Church on Saturday, February 6th at 1:30pm, with time for fellowship immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to any of these organizations: Alabama Free Clinic (http://alabamafreeclinic.org) P.O. Box 1284 Bay Minette, AL 36507 Southwings, Inc. (http://www.southwings.org) 35 Haywood Street Suite 201 Asheville, NC 28801 Mobile Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol (http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com) 2441 Michagan Ave. Mobile, AL 36615 Flying Physicians Association (http://www.fpadrs.org/) 11626 Twain Dr. Montgomery, TX 77356