Pilot dies after small plane crashes near Kingman

Aftermath of the deadly wreck just outside of Kingman.
Aftermath of the deadly wreck just outside of Kingman.

One man died when his small plane crashed Saturday near Kingman, local and federal officials said.

Officials initially identified the plane as a Cessna, but a federal aviation official said Sunday that the aircraft was a Van's RV-7A, a smaller, kit-built airplane.

The plane crashed into the desert about 1:35 p.m. Saturday while approaching Triangle Airpark, according to Eric Weiss of the National Transportation Safety Board.

The only person aboard the aircraft died at the scene. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office identified that person as Richard Dennis Moynihan, 73, of Boulder City, Nevada.

According to federal aircraft registration records, Moynihan owns an RV-7A with a certification issued in February 2019.

Federal officials will investigate the crash, and a preliminary report is expected in about two weeks.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Pilot dies in crash of a small plane northwest of Kingman