Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West

Beechcraft Model 50 Twin Bonanza


On May 5, 1979 a Beechcraft Model 50 Twin Bonanza N16MM departed the Butterfield Ranch Airstrip at 3:00 p.m. with a pilot and four passengers on board. Winds at the time were gusting to 60 MPH as the pilot attempted to fly up a steep canyon west of the airstrip, something he may have done successfully before. Tragically, at 3:05 p.m. N16MM collided with a canyon ridge more than 400 below the Sunrise Highway killing all on board instantly. Project Remembrance Team member David Lane located the crash site in precipitous terrain on 11/14/14. He returned to the crash site to better document it with five other Project Remembrance Team members on 12/6/14.

  Video:  Beechcraft D50 Twin Bonanza Accident May 5, 1979 


Memorial marker located on a cliff face. Photo by Tom Maloney

Pat J. Macha located the starboard cabin door. Photo By Tom Maloney



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