2 off-duty police officers killed in small-plane crash in Arizona
Brian Hayes, 35, and Nicole Anderson, 32, were killed in the crash at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport in Winslow, Ariz., Sunday morning. Hayes was a police officer in Anaheim. Anderson, his girlfriend, was an officer with the Simi Valley Police Department.
They were flying a single-engine, fixed-wing Mooney M20F airplane, which crashed during takeoff and rolled over.
Hayes had been a police Explorer and reserve officer before being hired full time by Anaheim in 1999. He was working patrol at the time of his death, according to a department statement.
Anderson had worked for the Simi Valley Police Department since 2003. During her career, she’d worked on the department’s crisis negotiation team and been a bicycle officer. Most recently, she’d been the department’s youth services officer, according to a Simi Valley police statement. She was given the department’s Meritorious Service Award in 2008 for her role in transitioning the department to paperless report writing, a massive project that required a year to implement.
A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Simi Valley Police Department scheduled for Monday night has been postponed until Aug. 8 because of Anderson’s death.
Funeral services for both officers are pending.
-- Sam Quinones (Twitter: @SamQuinones7)
Photo: Officers Brian Hayes, left, and Nicole Anderson. Credit: KTLA