On Thursday, April 11, 2019, at about 2:30 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a motorist driving on Hwy 89 in Paulden. The caller reported seeing a small aircraft crashing in an open field west of the highway.
Responding deputies quickly found the wreckage in the field located some distance behind the Paulden Fire Station. The pilot, 51-year-old Kenneth Seebeck of Florida, was found conscious and suffering from broken bones. It was determined that he was the lone occupant of the aircraft. He was stabilized and airlifted by medical helicopter to the Flagstaff Medical Center. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Also located at the scene was the father of the crash victim, 80-year-old George Seebeck of Dewey, AZ. He informed deputies that he and his son had built the aircraft which he described as being a homemade ultra-light. He said that he and his son had hauled the "plane" to the open area off highway 89 for its first flight since being completed. He said that the airplane went down within a minute or so after taking off.
It is unclear at this time as to the cause of the crash.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov