A Santa Rosa man was on board a plane with three residents of Texas that crashed in Holbrook, Ariz., Wednesday killing all four people aboard, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed this afternoon. Kyle Daniel Peters, 21, perished in the 5 p.m. crash shortly after takeoff one-quarter mile east of the runway at Holbrook Municipal Airport, Navajo County Sheriff’s Department Cmdr. Bob Sutton said.The plane left from and was to return to Cedar Park, Texas. It stopped at the Charles Schulz-Sonoma County Airport Tuesday and departed Wednesday. A witness said the twin-engine Beach 95 plane made a gentle right
turn then a sharp left turn and came straight down at the Holbrook airport, Sutton said. Pilot David Tuntland, 45, believed to be from Cedar Park, Texas, had just added 65 gallons of fuel for the flight to Texas, Sutton said. All but a six-foot tail section of the six-seat plane burned in the crash. The bodies of those aboard burned beyond recognition, Sutton said. Authorities found a scorched suitcase containing 12 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $8,000 cash in a satchel, Sutton said. More
cash on board the plane burned, Sutton said. Sutton identified the others on board as Eric James Gordon, 33, and his wife Catherine Perando-Ford, 42, both of Cedar Park, Texas. Autopsies were performed Thursday by the Pima County medical examiner’s office, Sutton said.Sutton said Peters’ relationship to the others on board is unknown but he originally was from Texas. It is not known if Peters was picked up in Santa Rosa Tuesday. A man who refueled the plane at Holbrook Municipal Airport Wednesday said Tuntland told him he became ill after leaving California, possibly from something he ate in Santa Rosa, Sutton said. Tuntland lay down to rest for a few hours while the others on board the plane got something to eat in Holbrook, Sutton said. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
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