Moab Pilot Killed in Idaho

July 9, 2015

Idaho Crash(Moab, Ut) BOISE, Idaho — Toxicology tests are planned on the body of a 21-year-old commercial pilot who died after his backcountry aircraft crashed within Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho. Neil MacNichol, of McCall, died of blunt force trauma in the crash last Thursday, Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel said Tuesday. Mikel said MacNichol was flying from Moab, Utah, to Stanley, Idaho, when he disappeared. The wreckage of the single-engine aircraft was found Friday on a portion of the monument managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in an area called Laidlaw Park. The area is used for cattle grazing.  MacNichol works as a tour pilot for Moab’s Redtail Aviation. He was headed to a family event in Idaho.

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