On Monday, November 24, 2014, a single-engine plane crashed south of the Las Cruces International Airport killing Tyler Francis, the owner of Francis Aviation and sole occupant of the plane. Slack & Davis aviation attorney Mark Pierce, a licensed pilot and flight instructor, commented about the crash in a KFOX14 (El Paso, Texas) news report.
Pilot killed in plane crash was flying experimental aircraft
Reporter: Patrick Hayes
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New details about Monday’s plane crash show that Tyler Francis was flying an experimental aircraft.
Mark Pierce is an aviation lawyer and certified flight instructor. On Tuesday, he told KFOX14 that Francis was flying a newly acquired VAN’s RV3 when he crashed.
Pierce said even though it’s an experimental airplane, it’s also one of the more stable models.
The Federal Aviation Administration says experimental planes may be assembled using a kit without supervision and quality control.
Pierce said, “This is not something that someone created from scratch in their garage. It’s a real airplane.”
The FAA had a crew at the scene Monday night but the National Transportation Safety Board will examine the wreckage.
Francis was 29 years old and owner of Francis Aviation. He leaves behind a pregnant wife.