The couple’s business, Lancair Certified Southwest, sold the Lancair 400 to customers in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California. J.B. Lauchner bought the dealership in 2001 and moved it to Scottsdale from San Diego, according to an aviation trade magazine article written by his wife.
The third victim remains unidentified. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the remains, which were still at the crash site Thursday afternoon, said county investigator Norman Black.
Scottsdale couple James and Gina Lauchner were two of three people killed in Monday’s plane crash in San Diego (Calif.) County, their friends and colleagues confirmed on Thursday.
James "J.B." Lauchner was a licensed pilot and owned an airplane dealership at Scottsdale Airport with Gina Lauchner, his wife, that sold the Lancair 400, the model involved in the crash, federal and Arizona records show.
The crash victims had attended an air show during the weekend and took off from Gillespie Field in San Diego on Monday morning, bound for Scottsdale, said Maj. Brian Stover, a spokesman for the Civil Air Patrol. Their plane never arrived and was discovered in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on Wednesday.
Their identities have not officially been released, but the Lauchners’ colleagues at the airport said they were told of the couple’s deaths by the Lauchners’ family.
J.B. Lauchner has "been a wonderful tenant. He’s really a nice man," said Cliff Cutler, owner of Cutler Commercial who rented space to the couple. "I’m sick about it."
Gina Lauchner taught at the Community of the Blessed Sacrament, a Scottsdale Catholic church the couple attended, said Mary Ann Bateman, a church employee.