Deadly Arizona plane crash blamed on disorientation

KINGMAN, Ariz. – An updated report by the National Transportation and Safety Board indicates a veteran Lake Havasu City Fire Department captain likely suffered “spatial disorientation” when the airplane he was flying upside down crashed in Arizona nearly a year ago.

Pilot Don Mesisca, 53, his wife, Rosie, and their son, Brett, 20, were killed when the inverted aircraft plowed into the ground about nine miles west of Alamo Lake.

The report said the family was flying home after dark, later than expected because the Cardinals-Rams NFL game they attended Nov. 6 outside Phoenix extended into overtime. It said cloud cover and light rain dominated the region at the time of the crash.

Autopsies indicated the Mesiscas died of blunt force trauma-related injuries, and there were no signs of drugs or alcohol in their systems.

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