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Mysterious Plane Crashes in Arizona's Superstition Mountains

Mysterious Plane Crashes in Arizona's Superstition Mountains

LA Times: Six Feared Dead

In what can only be called an eerie coincidence, a plane -- most likely small -- has reportedly crashed in Arizona's Superstition Mountains just 45 miles east of Phoenix.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane involved was a Rockwell AC69 that took off from Falcon Field, in the Phoenix valley.

According to Reuters, the plane broke apart on impact, igniting a wildfire. Fire and rescue crews have been dispatched to the scene.

Witnesses told KNXV that they saw the plane crash and flames erupt around 6:40 p.m. local time.

Dark video transmitted from the scene appeared to show fire in the mountains:

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say six people were on board a small plane that crashed into a mountain east of Phoenix.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau said Wednesday that preliminary reports indicate the twin-engine plane arrived at Mesa's Falcon Field to pick up three children and refuel. He says a pilot, a mechanic and another adult were also on board.

People began calling 911 around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to report an explosion near the peak of a mountain, and flames could be seen from the rugged terrain hours later.

The Rockwell AC-69 was registered to Ponderosa Aviation Inc. in Safford, Ariz. A man who answered the phone Wednesday night at Ponderosa Aviation declined to comment.



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