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7/24/2014 1:41:00 PM
Parents identify Fay Canyon crash victims

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

SEDONA -- The pilot of the small plane that crashed Sunday afternoon in Fay Canyon outside Sedona has been identified by his father as a Flagstaff man. The pilot was 22-year-old Jonathan McGeary, according to the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff. McGeary was one of four people killed when the plane crashed in the canyon, northwest of Sedona.

The newspaper cites the boy's father, Dennis McGeary, who said the four young people had met through a Christian youth camp and stayed over the weekend at his Flagstaff home. The dead were also said to have included Levi Wallace, 23, of Prescott and two young women from Canada and Germany.

Jonathan McGeary had earned his private pilot's license in 2011 and hoped to become a commercial or a helicopter pilot.

The William Brenham Ministries, through its Voice of God Recordings, issued a prayer request Monday for the four young people that it said also included Sabrina Giebelen (Germany) and Johanna Naber of Saskatchewan(Canada).

The Yavapai Medical Examiner and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office have now officially identified the burned remains as of noon Thursday.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said the wreckage of the plane was expected to be removed Wednesday and Brady Smith of the Coconino Forest says that is likely the case, since the temporary flight restrictions over the area have now been lifted.

The Cessna 182L, registered to Pipedreams Aviation of Flagstaff, was manufactured in 1968. Holloway says the wreckage will be taken to a warehouse location in the area for investigation. He says the craft will be inspected for stress and the agency will also review maintenance records and logs.

The Fay Fire, which was ignited in the canyon by the burning aircraft, has grown little. Though the helicopter helping to douse the fire has now been taken off the fire, Brady Smith says there is still not full line around the fire and less that 25 firefighters continue to control the blaze.

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