Aviation News

November 23, 2011

VIDEO: Phoenix Plane Crash Caught on Webcam

[UPDATED BELOW] The impact of a plane crashing into the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix was captured on webcam Wednesday night.

Latest reports indicate it may have been a twin engine private plane that had departed nearby Falcon Field carrying three adults and three children.

Watch the impact at the 0:50 mark:

UPDATE 11:05 PM ET: FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer tells us the incident plane was a Rockwell Turbo Commander 690A (N690SM) which had just departed Falcon Field. The number of passengers onboard and their condition was not known. The NTSB is investigating the crash.

A Safford, Ariz.-based air taxi and aerial firefighting company called Ponderosa Aviation was the registered owner. According to their website, the plane was configured with eight seats. Sadly, the website also noted that they had never suffered a serious accident in their 34 years in business.

The Rockwell Turbo Commander 690A was introduced in the 1960s as part of the Aero Commander series of aircraft. It can carry 6-10 passengers up to 2,300 nm. This particular plane was fitted with eight seats and was built in 1976.

About the Author




Over the Edge: How Safe Are LaGuardia’s ‘Short’ Runways?

For decades, La Guardia Airport has been known for its short runways. Are they truly safe for us to takeoff and land on?
by Phil Derner Jr.


Today in Aviation History: December 16th

The midair collision of a United DC-8 and TWA Constellation over New York City, Concorde makes the first sub-3-hour Atlantic crossing, an Air Canada CRJ crashes, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff



Today in Aviation History: November 4th

Milestone: The first ever airship flight is completed between England and France. Tragedies: China Airlines and Bali Air Service flights overrun runways, and Balkan Bulgaran Airlines and Iberia flights crash while performing ap...
by admin


Today in Aviation History: October 29th

The US Dept. of Justice approves the Delta/Northwest merger, John Glenn becomes the oldest man to enter space, a plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashes, and more...
by NYCAviation Staff


August 6th in Aviation History: B-29 Superfortress Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

The US drops first atomic bomb on Japan, Ted Williams returns to the Red Sox from Korea, Braniff Flight 250 crashes in Nebraska, and more.
by NYCAviation Staff


  • Webcam catches plane crash in Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix.

  • Webcam catches plane crash in Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix.

  • Webcam catches plane crash in Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix.