Both Pilots Father And Son Killed In Plane Cash In Arkansas


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Both Pilots Father And Son Killed In Plane Cash In Arkansas

Eddy Metcalf

September 9, 2010 - On Tuesday a Cessna T-210, N2081U departed Vermilion Regional Airport (KDNV) Danville, Illinois with 62-year-old pilot Bob Joseph Ross and his son 32-year-old pilot Michael C. Ross at about 9:45 AM. Their flight was to take them to Georgetown Municipal Airport Georgetown, Texas.

However, they never made it, Baxter County Sheriff's Office reported that about 12:30 PM both father and son were killed in a plane crash near Buffalo City, about 90 miles north of Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Their route of flight took them into the path of tropical storm Hermine. Weather conditions were reported at the time of the crash to be overcast with a low cloud ceiling and light to heavy rains showers. ATC reported no stress calls were made by the pilot and the Cessna T-210 aircraft just vanished from their radar. It is unclear at this time which pilot was actually flying the aircraft.


Within minutes, a rescue team had reached the crash site. The Cessna T-210 aircraft upon impact broke up into a number of pieces and the aircraft was completely engulfed in a ball of fire. The fire was put out and the bodies of Bob Ross and his son Michael were removed and taken to the Baxter County coroner's office.

Authorities reported that they recovered a cell phone at the crash site. Upon inspection they learned that there were photos of the two pilots on the cell phone. They electronically sent the photos to family members who confirmed their identities. The fixed wing single engine Cessna T-210 is owned by Monterey Bay Aviation, Inc of Watsonville California. The FAA and NTSB arrived to the crash site and they have begun to investigate Tuesday?s crash.

Bob Ross had been a flight instructor for United Flight located at Watsonville Municipal Airport, Watsonville, California for a number of years. In 2002, he learned that the owners of the company wanted to sell the business so he and a coworker, Alicia M?rquez, formed their own company Monterey Bay Aviation and purchased United Flight and named it United Flight Services. Today the flight school continues in United Flight's tradition of supporting safe and reliable flight training on the central coast.


"When it was announced that United Flight was up for sale, Alicia and I agreed that it would be a shame for it to close its doors. The tragic events of September 11th only reinforced this belief, and actually spurred us into action that ultimately led to the decision to purchase the business ourselves."

Watsonville Municipal Airport, general manager, Don French reported he knew Bob for over 20 years, "I've known Bob for 20 years, he's one of the few stand up guys still out there.? French further reports that Bob's reputation drew people from all over. The company currently operates out of a trailer and Bob was in the process of building a hanger.


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