HATCH, NEW MEXICO (November 5, 2017) – 33 year old church minister Christopher Howell was confirmed to be one of the four victims killed in a small plane crash in New Mexico on Saturday, according to a local news source. (map)
The plane took off from the El Paso Airport en route to Hatch New Mexico, with its four occupants indending to have dinner in Hatch to celebrate a birthday before heading back to El Paso. The plane vanished off radar sometime between 5-6 pm on Saturday, and a search began.
The plane’s wreckage was found late Sunday afternoon about 300 meters northwest of the Hatch Airport, in Dona Ana County. The Hatch Airport does not have a control tower, which may have contributed to the long period of time before the plane’s crash site was located.
All four occupants were tragically pronounced dead at the scene. Christopher Howell, a minister for the Destiny Family Christian Center, was confirmed to have been one of those on board the plane. Also killed was 41 year old pastor Kanequa Chancellor, 57 year old deacon Anthony Deramus, and 25 year old Malcolm Watkins.
The cause of the plane crash remains under active investigation by the FAA at this time. The plane is registered to Carribbean Paradise, LLC, which is reportedly located in Port Saint Lucie, FL. It is unknown who was at the controls at the time of the plane crash on Saturday.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all the family members and friends of Christopher Howell affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”