May Mike Cyr & Jeff Randall Rest In Peace


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I am sorry to have to interrupt our usual report of solar progress and bring you the sad news that’s just been released from SEIA & First Solar, below:


“The First Solar community was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of two associates in an accident near the Desert Sunlight Solar Project this afternoon.

Mike Cyr and Jeff Randall, both civil supervisors at the project, were in a single engine aircraft flying over the project when the airplane crashed near the site. The accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. First Solar is cooperating fully with authorities.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Mike and Jeff’s families and loved ones. We are in contact with the families, and are providing our support in this difficult time.”

The above statement was received from:

Steve Krum, APR

Director, Global Communications

First Solar, Inc., 350 W Washington St, Ste 600, Tempe, AZ 85281 USA | T: 602 427 3359 | M: 602 315 3904


Apparently, on Monday afternoon of  Aug. 26, 2013, during the routine check (there was a storm on Sunday but no known storm on Monday), a Colorado River Station sheriff’s deputy and a Bureau of Land Management ranger were patrolling the Desert Center area east of Kaiser Road between Lake Tamarisk and the First Solar energy site, where they witnessed the small plane flying out of control and crashed. Later, they found the bodies of 41-year old pilot Mike Cyr and 35-year old passanger Jeff Randall (according to First Solar CEO Jim Hughes).  The plane was a 1971 Model AA-1A fixed wing with a single engine.

Plane model Grumman AA-1 series (AA-1A (1500 lbs) of 1971 became AA-1B (1560 lbs) Trainer in 1973)(wikimedia commons)

Personnel from Cal-Fire, Colorado River Station, BLM, the Coroner’s Office, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to investigate the crash.  The cause of the crash is still being investigated by the NTSB and FAA. Some basic investigation report information may be obtained from Deputy Julio Oseguera at 760-578-3195.

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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