Harmony man dies in plane crash in New Mexico
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:42 AM
The News-Record has learned that a Harmony man, Mike Fjetland, 51, was killed in a plane crash on Sunday near Los Alamos, N.M. Fjetland was piloting a single-engine plane when it crashed near the Los Alamos Airport at 8:15 a.m.
According to a statement issued Monday from the Federal Aviation Administration, "A single-engine Aviat Husky crashed under unknown circumstances about a mile south of the Los Alamos airport in rough terrain."
Fjetland was traveling on business with a friend from Iowa, Kevin Burr, and was taking off from the Los Alamos County Airport to fly to Chandler, Ariz.
His fiancé, Darla Reynolds, also of Harmony, told The Los Alamos Monitor that they have a house in Stellar Airpark and she was going to join him later.
She said one of the goals of their trip was to solidify a business deal in Denver, Colo.
Even though she was still grieving, Reynolds told the New Mexico newspaper that she felt it was important people know what kind of a man Fjetland was.
"He was a very smart man, very business oriented." Reynolds said. "Anything anyone ever said went into his head and he turned it into a business deal and made money off it."
She also described him as unflappable. "He was always happy, you could never make him mad or upset. To him, everything was going to be OK, he would always figure something out. He was a very sweet man," she said.
Fjetland and Reynolds shared a farm in rural Harmony that has its own hangar. That's where he started his journey from.
The two men were trying to make it to Chandler when inclement weather forced them into Los Alamos on Saturday morning.
The National Transportation Safety Board has since taken over the crash site, and investigators were to spend Tuesday trying to determine the cause of the crash.
According to sources at the Federal Aviation Administration, Fjetland was flying a Husky A-1C-200, manufactured by Aviat Aircraft. It was built in 2012, and was powered by a Lycoming 10-360-A1D6 engine.