North Las Vegas Plane Crash Victims Identified, Eulogized
Posted on: July 20, 2022, 03:33h.
Last updated on: July 21, 2022, 01:01h.
Three of the victims in Sunday’s fatal plane collision above Nevada’s North Las Vegas Airport have been identified. They include Zachary Rainey. He is survived by two sons.
Rainey, 47, who reportedly worked in real estate, was in one of the two planes. He was in the process of receiving his pilot’s license and taking flying lessons at the North Las Vegas Airport on the day of the crash.
Rainey planned to take his two sons, ages three and five, to a minor league baseball game on Sunday night after the lesson. Baseball was his passion.
When reached for her comments, Tarra Tidwell, Rainey’s ex-wife, told KVVU, a local TV station, she has warm memories of him and his unforgettable energy. They were married for more than 13 years. She is the mother of the two boys.
He was invincible. Nothing was ever going to happen to him,” Tidwell recalled. “You just always wanted to be around him, and he was just a really, really nice guy that loved helping people.”
Rainey’s mother notified Tidwell about the crash. Tidwell immediately drove to the flight school after he did not respond to text messages.
She saw that Rainey’s car was parked outside. Later, the family was notified of his passing.
“We’re just all trying to come to terms with it and realize that this is our reality, and he’s not going to call us back, and he’s not going to show up, and he’s not going to be there,” Tidwell said.
Fundraising for Rainey
A GoFundMe page was set up to help his sons and to cover funeral expenses. As of mid-day Wednesday, it had raised $12,158. That is over twice its $5,000 goal.
Zach leaves behind 2 little boys, so unexpectedly,” the GoFundMe site says. “If you feel the need to donate something to help with funeral arrangements, travel expenses, or anything his boys will need, please do so.”
Two other victims were identified as Donald Stuart Goldberg, 82, and Carol Ann Scanlon, 76, according to the Clark County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office. The fourth victim has not been identified as of midday Wednesday.
There were no survivors, KLAS, a local TV station, reported Sunday afternoon, citing the Clark County Department of Aviation.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that a single-engine Piper PA-46 and a single-engine Cessna 172 collided mid-air at about noon. The FAA revealed that the Piper PA-46 was preparing to land in an initial statement to Casino.org.
The Piper crashed into a field east of a runway, federal officials told Casino.org. The Cessna fell into a water retention pond at the airport, officials added.
Two people were on board each of the planes at the time of the crash, the FAA said.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FAA are investigating the crash. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates, the agency told Casino.org.
North Las Vegas Airport is second in Clark County in passenger volume to the much larger Harry Reid International Airport. Still, it is used by many visitors to the casinos, hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions found in Las Vegas.
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