Tags: planes | collide | 4 | dead | arizona | desert

Planes Collide Over Arizona Desert, 4 People Aboard Killed

Friday, 31 May 2013 06:36 PM

By Newsmax Wires

Officials said four people were killed Friday when two small planes they were riding in collided in the air then crashed in the desert.

The accident involved two single-engine planes with two people aboard each aircraft, Phoenix and Daisy Mountain Fire Department officials said. The crash occurred in extreme north Phoenix, about 15 miles northwest of Deer Valley Airport, the Associated Press reported.

One of the planes was registered to Bird Acquisition LLC, which does business as TransPac Aviation Academy, a school for commercial pilots in north Phoenix.

Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

The business said Friday that it was still gathering information about the crash and declined to immediately comment.

Several bystanders reported seeing the planes collide but the flight directions of the planes before the crash or other details weren't immediately available, officials said.

"Both of them collided. We don't know how or what," said Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Larry Nunez. "The skies are clear."

An initial report said three people were killed and two people were injured. Fire officials with the Phoenix and Peoria city fire departments and Daisy Mountain Fire Department later said four people had died and there were no survivors.

Television news footage showed only charred wreckage left from one of the planes, while the other was fairly intact.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate.

It could take months before the cause is determined, Gregor said.

Federal investigators were en route but it typically takes several months for the NTSB investigation to determine a probable cause for air accidents, Gregor said.

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Related stories:

Teen Misses Trip; Friends Killed in Fiery Wreck While He's Studying

Three Dead After Small Plane Crashes in Florida Parking Lot

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved