Authorities have identified a Prescott man as the pilot who died in the Wednesday, Aug. 29, plane crash north of Prescott Regional Airport.
The Yavapai County Medical Examiner said the victim was Brian Brantner, 71, according to an email Thursday, Sept. 6, from Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Media Relations Coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn.
The crash happened around 8:35 p.m. about one-quarter mile to the north of regional airport property in an adjacent field.
Brantner was the only occupant inside the aircraft and was confirmed dead at the scene.
At the time, preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), indicated the aircraft — a Cessna 210 — crashed under unknown circumstances short of the approach end of runway 21R, said FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. An investigation typically takes a year or more to determine a probable cause of an accident, Gregor said.