Local Couple Killed In Plane Crash

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Payson couple, Jerome and Carolyn Kurtz, were killed Monday when their plane crashed in a small pond near Cary, N.C.

The couple's son, Craig, said they were making their first trip to see the state capitol of Raleigh.

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Jerome and Carolyn Kurtz, were killed Monday when their plane crashed in a small pond near Cary, N.C.

According to neighbor and Payson Town Councilor Robert Henley, the Kurtzes were one of the original developers of the Mazatzal Mountain Air Park subdivision.

"They lived two houses down from us," Henley said. "They, with another couple, developed the air park."

Air park neighbors said the couple spent their retirement years traveling and they enjoyed visiting state capitols.

The FAA is continuing to investigate the cause of the accident.

Spokesman Eric Alleyne said the agency is examining the radar data and voice-recorded data obtained from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport to determine what caused the crash.

Fellow pilot, Henley, said a preliminary FAA report said they attempted to land their Mooney M20M twice before the fatal crash.

"According to the report, the weather was marginal, but it wasn't that bad for the kind of approaches they had available to them," Henley said. "It will be under investigation for awhile."

The couple were married 41 years, raised two sons and built a successful cabinet business which they sold in the early 1990s.

"My dad was a renaissance man in a lot of ways," Craig Kurtz told the Raleigh News Observer. "He could make any car go and he built houses from the ground up."

Jerome Kurtz was an active member of Rotary, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Columbus.

Craig described his mother as a "great soul" who loved her family.

A funeral mass is planned for Phoenix. Arrangements are pending.

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