Pilot killed in plane crash near Phoenix Goodyear Airport

Posted 12/22/19

A consulting engineer for Tucson Electric Power appears to be the pilot killed in a plane crash near Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

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Pilot killed in plane crash near Phoenix Goodyear Airport

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A consulting engineer for Tucson Electric Power appears to be the pilot killed in a plane crash near Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

A Facebook post shared by a family member names Ben Edgar Preusser as the pilot. The Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner lists Ben Preusser as having died Dec. 21, 2019.

The Goodyear Police and Fire departments were contacted to confirm the identity, as the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to not identify or confirm names of victims. However, Goodyear police referred questions about the victim to the NTSB.

Tucson Electric Power — which provides power to over 417,000 customers in the Tucson metro area — confirmed Mr. Preusser was a contractor with the company.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr. Preusser was a consulting engineer for TEP, and previously worked with Arizona Public Service in a number of roles on-and-off from 1985 to 2017.

He had been contracting with TEP on the company's Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) renewable energy project since 2017, his profile states.

Officials said a man in his 50s was found dead at the scene of a plane crash around 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, about a mile south of the airport, near Buckeye Road and Bullard Avenue.

Goodyear Fire Department officials said the plane may have struck power lines before going down.

A Phoenix police helicopter located a Cessna on its roof about one mile south of the airport around 7 p.m.

Authorities said the pilot was the only person aboard and was found dead in the plane.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the fatal crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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