2021 Arizona Swearingen SA226-T(B) Merlin IIIB crash

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2021 Arizona Swearingen SA226-T(B) Merlin IIIB crash
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N59EZ, the Swearingen SA226-T(B) Merlin IIIB involved in the accident, picture taken on October 31, 2008
DateApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
SummaryCrashed to the ground, under investigation
SiteNavajo County, Arizona, United States
Aircraft typeSwearingen SA226-T(B) Merlin IIIB
OperatorGlobal Air LLC
Flight originScottsdale Airport, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States

On 23 April 2021, a Swearingen SA226-T(B) Merlin IIIB crashed near Winslow, Arizona. Two occupants died. One of the victims was former IMSA and IndyCar racer Bill Whittington.[1] According to acquaintances contacted by Autoweek, Whittington owned the aircraft and was the pilot on the accident flight.[2]


The plane involved in the accident was a Swearingen SA226-T(B) Merlin IIIB, registration N59EZ.[3]


A Swearingen SA226-T(B) Merlin IIIB, registration N59EZ, was destroyed when it impacted the terrain under unknown circumstances near Winslow, Arizona.

According to his friend Randy Lanier when contacted by Autoweek, Whittington was giving a plane ride to an unidentified friend who "was terminally ill with cancer and had lost his pilot's license," and Whittington "wanted to give him an experience of flying again."[2]


FlightAware shows the flight pattern of the plane taking off from Scottsdale, and flying northeast to near Winslow when it crashed just north of Interstate 40 on a desert road in Navajo County, Arizona. [4]


  1. "NCSO: 2 people dead after a plane crash near Winslow". 24 April 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cole Smith, Steven (15 April 2021). "Former IndyCar, Sports Car Racer Bill Whittington Killed in Plane Crash". www.autoweek.com. Autoweek. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  3. Aviation Safety Network. "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 253831". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  4. "N59EZ Flight Tracking and History".

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