(iWIDK By Brittany Hahn) – Think twice before building your own aircraft.
Millionaire family from Arizona, William Arthur Stern Jr., 65, Jennifer Jane Stern, 53, and Katelyn Jane Stern, 19, all died in a Lancair Turbine aircraft crash on Saturday. The airplane was built by William himself nearly 6 years ago.
A hiker saw the plane go down at about 10:20 a.m. around the area of Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve in San Diego, where the plane was later found crashed into a hill by officials.
William Arthur Stern was the owner of the very large Stern Produce company, in which his son will now take over.
According to Fox 10 News, William’s son Billy made a comment on how his father’s company lost a great leader.
To our valued customers and colleagues,
On Saturday, Stern Produce Company lost a great leader. Our owner and president Bill Stern died in a tragic plane crash along with his wife and daughter. The accident happened just outside of San Diego as they were traveling back home to Phoenix.
While there are many questions left to answer regarding the accident itself, there are no questions regarding the future of our company.
With Bill’s leadership and planning we will maintain our current high level of customer service, quality products and operations to our customers. We will continue to be a family owned and privately held company.
We lost a tremendous leader and friend and will honor Bill by continuing the vision, focus and traditions he established. While our hearts are heavy, we will continue in the direction set forth by Bill.
The Stern Family and all the team at Stern Produce thank our loyal customers and the entire community for their thoughts and prayers.
Friends and acquaintances all spoke very highly of the deceased family, as they come together in this troubled time.