Mount Wilson, NV Sightseeing Plane Crashes, Dec 1991
VICTIMS' BODIES FOUND IN CANYON CRASH.
Las Vegas, Nev. (RN) -- Search parties found Wednesday the bodies of all five occupants of a twin-engine plane that crashed while returning from a sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service said.
The Piper Navajo Chieftain crashed Tuesday night in the area of Mount Wilson, a 5,445-foot peak 40 miles east of Las Vegas, the spokeswoman, Karen Whitney, said.
The names and nationalities of the pilot and his four passengers found amid the wreckage have not yet been released, she added.
The plane was one of dozens of sightseeing craft that take hundreds of people daily on tours between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, roughly 200 miles to the east.
A 1986 collision over the canyon between a helicopter and a plane, both carrying sightseers, killed 25 people and helped lead to federal restrictions on sightseeing flights over the canyon. A canyon sightseeing plane crashed into a hill in 1989 after an aborted landing, killing 10. And last May, a sightseeing plane crashed four miles from the canyon rim, killing seven.
Daily Herald Chicago Illinois 1991-12-12
The pilot PERRY SMALLWOOD, 44, of Henderson, Nev.
Tourists identified as:
YARDENA SOLAL COHEN.
Hometowns were not available.