Robert Hovey

 

 

Age: 50

 

Summary: salesman employed at the wholesale ice-cream manufacturer Gelati Celesti in Oakland, California who was among one of 88 passengers and crew members aboard the ill-fated Alaska Airlines Flight 261 when the twin-engine MD-83 jetliner, which took off from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and bound for Seattle, Washington, spiraled downward out of control and crashed nose-first into the Pacific Ocean off the sunny coast of southern California after the pilot reported problems with the horizontal stabilizer, a wing-like structure on the tail that controls the pitch of the aircraft's nose, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the jackscrew was not lubricated adequately by Alaska's maintenance facilities and caused the stripping of the threads from a nut that held the bolt.

 

 

Cause of Death: Airplane accident

 

Born: July 16, 1949

 

Died: January 31, 2000

 

Location: Port Hueneme, California