Teen, Family Friend From Upstate Killed In AZ Plane Crash - WSPA.com

Teen, Family Friend From Upstate Killed In AZ Plane Crash

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Charles Michael Trotter Charles Michael Trotter
Photo from CBS News in Phoenix, AZ Photo from CBS News in Phoenix, AZ
PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. - Two people from the Upstate were killed in a plane crash.

Dakota Jacks, 15, and pilot and family friend Charles Michael Trotter, 47, of Liberty were on a sightseeing trip when the small plane crashed in Arizona.

The pair was on their way back when the crash happened.

Jacks was a rising 10th at Pickens High School.

Trotter died doing what he loved, flying, according to a statement from his family. “He was a devoted husband, he loved his wife, loved flying and loved Jesus,” it reads. “May he rest in peace.”

Monday evening, the Coconino Co Sheriff's Office released a report giving the current details into the investigation. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center had received a report of an overdue aircraft to South Carolina.

They had found the aircraft had left from Las Vegas and landed in Page, AZ. It then took off from Page. The last contact with the pilot's phone was made shortly after take-off. 

The AFRCC had then contacted Civil Air Patrol Wings from different states and a multi-state search was launched on the morning of the 21st. Four different Wings were involved in the search that stretch across the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. A Wing of the Civil Air Patrol spotted wreckage that matched the description of the missing plane in a remote desert area called beach canyon.  

The cause of the crash will be investigated by National Transportation Safety Board.

A spokesperson for the family says they appreciate the thoughts and prayers of the entire community.
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