crash Wednesday afternoon that killed the pilot.
State Department of Public Safety officials have identified
the plane as a Cessna 150, and say it looks like the back end of the plane hit something – possible the peak of one of the nearby mountains – which caused it to crash.
Responders to the scene said debris was scattered over two
The pilot has been identified as 78-year-old Carl Link from Albuquerque.He reportedly recently moved to New Mexico from Monett, Missouri.
The plane went down Wednesday afternoon off State Road 26 – or the Hatch Highway – in an open area away from any structures.
Federal Aviation Administration officials reported getting a distress call from the pilot saying he was losing his vision, but then lost contact with the pilot.
Someone in the area came upon the wreckage and called it in to authorities.