Dodge City Community College Instructor and Student Killed in Aerial Crash in Arizona

Judd WeilOctober 8, 2021



Dodge City Community College (DCCC) released additional information on Oct. 8, regarding the Oct. 1 helicopter and plane crash in Chandler, Ariz., revealing that DCCC instructor Jessica Brandal, and student, Michael Papendick were killed.


“An ongoing investigation is underway by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board,” said DCCC in a press release. “However, no additional details are available at this time.”


DCCC requests the public honors the families of the victims request for have asked for privacy during their time of grief.


For those interested in giving memorial gifts, the Papendick Family has organized a “Remembering Michael Papendick” GoFundMe page at to help pay for funeral expenses and other financial obligations.


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Dodge City Community College (DCCC) administration received reports shortly after 9:30 a.m., on Oct. 1, regarding an incident that saw a collision between a fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter at the Chandler Municipal Airport, in Chandler, Ariz., the site of the DCCC Flight Instructor Program.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement Friday after the incident.


According to the FAA, two people were aboard each aircraft.


“A single-engine Piper PA-28 and a Robinson R22 helicopter collided in the vicinity of Chandler Municipal Airport in Arizona around 7:42 a.m. local time today. The helicopter crashed near the airport, and the airplane landed safely on the runway with a damaged landing gear.


Two people on the helicopter were killed.


Initial reports indicate two people were aboard each aircraft.


The FAA will release the tail numbers after investigators verify them. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.”


Josh Thompson, the DCCC Director of Security and the head of the DC3 Critical Incident Response Plan, is on-site coordinating with local emergency responders.


“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the pilots and their families,” said DCCC.


DCCC stated they will continue to share more information as it becomes available from the appropriate authorities.

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