of Flying J truckstops has died in a plane crash, according to
a statement from the company.
O. Jay Call,
62, who named the chain for his love of flying, was the pilot
of the small private aircraft, which also carried board member
and former vice president Richard “Buzz” Germer and his wife,
disappeared Saturday, March 15. Its wreckage was found a day later
just outside Haily, ID, about five miles south of Sun Valley,
its planned destination.
None of the
plane’s occupants survived, and the cause of the accident is unknown. The Associated Press reported March 18 that weather may
have been a factor. The company said in its statement that the
crash is currently under investigation.
our love and sincere concern for their families,” Flying J’s president
and CEO, J. Phillip Adams, said. “What is most important right
now is the support we can provide Jay’s wife and children.”
Call was still
active in the company, serving as the chairman of the board.