Date & Time: Sep 30, 1980 at 1415 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Guaymas - Tucson
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
While on a taxi flight from Guaymas to Tucson, the pilot contacted ATC and reported an engine fire. He was cleared to divert to Magdalena de Kino Airport for an emergency landing when on final, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed, bursting into flames. Both occupants were killed, among them the American guitarist Norman Douglas Sholin aged 29.
Engine fire in flight for unknown reasons.