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Two who died in Santa Fe airport crash are identified


The crash of a single-engine airplane claimed two lives at the Santa Fe Regional Airport Monday. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE, N.M. — The State Police have identified the two people who died in the crash of a small airplane at the Santa Fe Regional Airport Monday as instructor/pilot Larry Haight, 72, and student pilot Edward Jay Goldgehn, 60, both of Santa Fe.

Haight was a flight instructor at local flight school Sierra Aviation.

According to the Sierra Aviation website, Haight left the Air Force in 1989 and became a commercial pilot and flight instructor, as well as a licensed aircraft mechanic.

Larry Haight (From Sierra Aviation website)

“When not instructing he enjoys flying aerobatics in his own Bellanca Decathlon,” the site says. “Larry now has over 10,000 hours of flight time, including more than 8,200 hours of instruction given.”

The site says Haight was rated as a “Commercial Pilot, Airplane single engine land; “Flight Instructor, Airplane single engine land: and “Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic with Inspection Authorization.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. The FAA’s website shows that cause of the crash is undetermined. It also says the plane’s registration number identifies it as a fixed-wing two-seater Tecnam P2002 Sierra owned by Volare LCC of Santa Fe.

Airport manager Mark Baca said on Monday that the pilot appeared to be doing “pattern work” – or flying practice – with “touch and go” landings and take-offs before the crash.

Baca said the crash took place about 500 feet from the departure end of the runway.


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