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Buckeye Airport Coordinator Dies In Plane Accident

John McMahon was the Buckeye Airport coordinator since 2013.
(Photo courtesy Annie DeChance - Buckeye)
John McMahon was the Buckeye Airport coordinator since 2013.

Buckeye’s airport coordinator has died in a plane accident. 

Officials say a small plane with two people on board took off from Buckeye Airport around 8 a.m. Tuesday, and when it failed to return, the wreckage was found in the Gila Bend Mountains southwest of Buckeye.

Neither on board survived. Buckeye officials say John McMahon, the city airport’s sole employee and coordinator, died Tuesday in an aviation accident.

McMahon had been at the airport since 2013 and earned his private pilot certification while working at the city.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.