On August 31, Colorado’s Erie Municipal Airport was the scene of a grisly crash that killed a family of five along with their dog. The family included father and pilot Oliver Frascona, 67; Tori Rains-Wedan, 41; and Rains-Wedan’s three sons, Mason, 15, and Austin and Hunter, 11.
The aircraft, a Piper PA 46 Malibu, had departed from Centennial Airport and was approaching Erie’s Runway 33 for landing and another plane was departing from Runway 15. Witnesses saw the planes pass each other in close proximity, and the Malibu applied power to execute a go-around. It continued in a nose-high attitude in a left bank, but did not climb or accelerate as it appeared to be in a stall. The aircraft continued a descent until it crashed in a field northwest of the airport, landing on its roof.
The plane was registered to The Real Estate School LLC, a Boulder, CO business that listed real estate lawyer Oliver Frascona as its registered agent.
First responders to the plane airlifted one victim to the hospital and transported another via ambulance, but both later succumbed to their injuries. Three of the occupants were found dead on the scene. Initial findings from the National Transportation Safety Board investigation team paint a story similar to that from witnesses, saying that the plane crashed after a near-miss with another aircraft.
The Phoenix, Arizona aviation accident attorneys at Curry, Pearson & Wooten would like to extend their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and hope that the final findings of the NTSB offer peace and closure.