Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency landing of a personal aircraft early Saturday (12/6) afternoon in the Havasu Heights area. At about 12:06 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a low flying plane over the area. The plane was seen flying extremely low and then out of sight followed by a large dust cloud. Desert Hills Fire Department personnel responded and assisted.
Upon arrival, deputies observed a 1964 twin jet engine fighter jet located south east of Sky View Road. The jet was broken into two pieces. The pilot and sole occupant, Michael Perry, 54, of Chino, CA, was uninjured and walked away from the crash. Perry reported that he was coming from the Grand Canyon and was enroute to the Lake Havasu Airport for fuel. While enroute and traveling over Havasu Heights, Perry advised his plane lost power completely. Perry further advised that he observed a runway and attempted to make an emergency landing. Perry landed his plane on the privately owned airstrip. The plane skidded sideways and crashed off of the end of the runway. The plane broke in half and came to a rest. Perry said that there was some fuel in the tanks.
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) were notified and are investigating.