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3/29/2013 11:03:00 AM
Plane crash investigations begins
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The investigation has begun into what caused Thursday's plane crash that took the life of a Bakersfield, Calif., woman, and injured her husband and son.

Josephine Simos Chan, 49, was killed when the 1960 Mooney M20A fixed wing single-engine aircraft crashed into the desert floor east of Burro Creek Crossing, about 40 miles southeast of Kingman and 11 miles east of Highway 93, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Injured in the crash were pilot Vidson Yaukong Chan, 48, and the couple's son, 13-year-old Cody William Chan.

Guardian Air flew the elder Chan to University Medical Center in Las Vegas and Cody Chan was flown to Children's Hospital in Phoenix, according to the sheriff's office.

The younger Chan dialed 9-1-1 to report the crash at about 11:30 a.m., according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Attempts to discover where the Chans were headed and where they departed from were not immediately successful.

Search and Rescue units and deputies with the sheriff's office responded along with ground and aerial units from the Department of Public Safety.

Guardian Air, River Medical and personnel from the fire departments of Bagdad and Pinion Pines also responded.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will attempt to determine what caused the crash.

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