HATCH, NEW MEXICO (November 5, 2017) – Kanequa Chancellor was identified as one of the four people that was killed when a Cessna crashed near Hatch on Saturday, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened on Saturday afternoon. A Cessna 172 took off from El Paso, heading to Hatch New Mexico to carry its four occupants to dinner. The four planned on having dinner in Hatch to celebrate a birthday, then head back to El Paso. Unfortunately, the plane disappeared on Saturday near the Hatch Airport. The downed plane was located on Sunday at around 5:30 pm, about 300 meters northwest from the airport.
41 year old Kanequa Chancellor was tragically confirmed to have been one of the victims of the accident. The other three were identified as 57 year old Anthony Deramus, 33 year old Christopher Howell, and 25 year old Malcolm Watkins. All four were members of the Destiny Family Christian Center. Kanequa was a pastor, Christopher was a minister, and Anthony was a deacon. Malcolm was Kanequa’s cousin.
The accident remains under investigation by the FAA at this time to determine cause and liability. Initial reports indicate that the plane crashed under a mile away from the Hatch Airport, which has no control tower. This may have led to the almost 24 hour period between the plane’s disappearance and when authorities located the wreckage.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all the family members and friends of Kanequa Chancellor as they cope with such tragic loss,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties affected in this tragedy as they try to piece together what happened.”