Died as a result of a Plane Crash, Searchlight, Nevada on 11/28/1972. 0505 local Time. C18S /Twin Beech N5552V, 3 Fatalities. 2.5 miles South of the Airport striking a Tower, Low level. Smuggling/Drugs. Post Crash Fire. Large Quantity 1500 lbs./ Marijuana+-. destined for Las Vegas. Pilot/ 36/ ATP Rated/ 5,600 hours of FLT Time. Richard resided in Tempe, Arizona/DOD. Federal /Clark County Authorities were/may have been waiting at the Searchlight Airport. Flight originated in San Luis, Mexico. NTSB Id: OAK73AP014 File:3-3943.
From John Wallace (12/8/2019)
Richard d arant if dob 4/27/1945 and lived grand av ws. Died 1972 ashes placed bronswood cemetery 5/2 1973
I just updated this obit. The irony is that this would be a vastly different event today. In 1972, capture would likely result in life in prison, so the people in the plane were highly motivated to evade capture. Smuggling marijuana is still illegal and from what I read, is now controlled by the drug cartels. One would hope that Richard would be in a different enterprise like opening a legal retail pot store in California.
The line "Pilot/ 36/ ATP Rated/ 5,600 hours of FLT Time" indiicates that Richard was a highly qualified and experieced pilot - qualified to captain a commercial airline flight. 5,600 hours of fight time is nothing to sniff at.
This is my second update to this comment. Checking my math, we were not 36 in 1972, so Richard was not the pilot.
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Koreyasu (Korey) Kitamura
Comment by Korey Kitamura (Japan). Richard was born just ten days afer I had been born. Though I don't know him personally, I feel sorry for his death, and pray that he may rest at peace in heaven, and that he may have more meaningful life next time he would be born in this word.