On Wednesday, July 30, a Mooney M20L crashed in a busy parking lot after reporting engine difficulty off of nearby Montgomery Field. The plane, which had already flown to Riverside and back, bounced a landing and began executing a go-around. The pilot reported that she was losing power, and clipped a building before ultimately crashing and burning in front of the Kearny Mesa Costco. The 78-year-old passenger suffered severe burns and died of her injuries.
Authorities later identified the pilot as Devon Logan, age 52. The passenger, Joy Gorian, was her mother. The National Transportation Safety Board, as well as a team of Federal Aviation Administration investigators in Phoenix, said that the accident investigation could take six to twelve months to complete.
Logan faces more than a grueling recovery and the loss of her mother, however. Federal Aviation Administration investigators were waiting to interview Logan until after she had more time to recover, but it seems others had different plans. The day after the accident, a person falsely posing as an FAA official visited Logan and questioned her from her hospital bed. The FAA first heard of this behavior when true investigators came later to speak with Logan.
The FAA’s security division has been made aware of the event, and a spokesperson for Sharp Memorial Hospital declined to comment due to HIPAA’s patient privacy rules.
The Phoenix aviation accident attorneys of Curry, Pearson & Wooten would again like to extend their sympathies to Devon Logan and her family, and wish them peace and privacy as they recover and rebuild following their injuries and loss.