Two Camp Verde Men Die In Home-Built Aircraft Crash In Yavapai County

Map provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Two people are dead after a small home-built aircraft crashed in a remote area of Yavapai County. The deceased are pilot, 68-year-old Glenn Tenniswood from Camp Verde,, and his passenger, 78-year-old Ron Walker from Camp Verde.

On Saturday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 6:30 p.m., concerning an overdue small plane. At approximately 8:30 p.m., a DPS Ranger crew located the plane in a remote area and very rugged terrain southeast of Montezuma Castle, Camp Verde.

A family member of the plane’s owner indicated they had been trying reach the pilot for several hours without success. Earlier, the pilot indicated he was taking a friend for a short flight in the area around Yavapai County. Local aircraft towers had no record of this plane in the air. Eventually, deputies obtained GPS coordinates from a cell phone belonging to one of the occupants.

DPS Ranger Troopers set down and confirmed the pilot and his passenger were deceased. Early this morning, deputies were finally able to access the site.

A representative from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived and is on scene this morning with a YCSO Backcountry team called out to recover the bodies.