Breaking News: Aspen local dies in plane crash
December 7, 2008
ASPEN ” Bryan Sax, a native of Aspen, has died. He was 37.
Sax, a pilot, died on Saturday in a mid-air collision over the Florida Everglades, just west of Broward County, said Federal Aviation Adminstration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.
Sax was in Florida at a flight school training in multi-engine aircraft, receiving advanced certification, said Gary Kraft, Sax’s business partner at Aspen Aero, a flight school based at Sardy Field.
Though unconfirmed by the FAA, it’s believed that four people perished in the crash, two on each plane. The bodies have not been recovered.
The last communcation received was at about 3:30 p.m. when the pilot of a Piper twin engine, believed to be Sax, took off from Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
The other plane involved in the crash was a single-engine Cesna that took off from North Perry Airport in Hollywood. Both were in flight training in western Broward County, Bergen said.
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When neither plane had returned late Saturday night, the owners reported them missing early Sunday morning, Bergen said. A statewide alert system out of Tallahassee notified the Broward County Sheriff’s Office that the planes were overdue, starting the search.
The wreckage was spotted at about 8 a.m. by a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft.
“It happened sometime after 4 p.m. and the most likely scenario was a mid-air collision,” Bergen said.
Sax is survived by his wife, Christy; their daughter, Zaya, 7; a stepson Dante Lizotte, 13; daughter from a previous marriage, Hannah, 13. He also is survived by his father Don Sax and his mother, Marcia.
See Monday’s Aspen Times for more details.