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Arizona plane crash leaves no survivors

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the circumstances around a downed aircraft, which was last seen southeast of Kitt Peak, Arizona on Sunday.

Tucson Police Air said in a tweet that they helped local air traffic controllers search for an overdue aircraft, which was last seen southeast of Kitt Peak. They said they located the downed aircraft, landed to search for survivors and found none, as reported by ABC15 on Sunday.

The police force didn’t release any details on the location of the downed plane, but local news source Whats Up Tucson said on Twitter that the crash was near Arivaca Lake, southeast of Arivaca, Arizona.

There were no details on how many people were in the plane or what type of plane it was.

An investigation is ongoing.

Newsweek has contacted the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and NTSB for comment.

Plane crashes in Arizona are frequent. On October 2, a helicopter and a single-engine plane collided in midair near Chandler, a suburban Phoenix airport, sending the helicopter crashing into the field and killing both people on board. The plane landed safely, and the flight instructor and student inside were not hurt.

The helicopter was operated by Quantum Helicopters and the aircraft by Flight Operations Academy, both flight schools, Chandler police said.

On September 22, a single-engine plane crashed in northern Arizona, killing the pilot and injuring the only passenger. A dog on board also ended up surviving.

Coconino County Sheriff’s officials received a call that evening from Page Airport saying that a plane originating from San Martin, California, had crashed while on the approach. Page is located 242 miles north of Phoenix, just south of the Arizona-Utah border.

Authorities identified the pilot as Jim Petersen and passenger as Uta Petersen, who was airlifted to a Utah hospital for treatment while Jim Petersen’s body was transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.

In July, two veteran firefighters died in a plane crash while surveying a wildfire near the small town of Wikieup. Severe weather is thought to have played a role in the deadly accident. The people in the plane—fire pilot Matt Miller, 48, and air tactical group supervisor Jeff Piechura, 62—were both experienced firefighters. Miller had spent about 20 years working as a pilot and Piechura had an extensive career in both federal and state fire services.

In April, an Orange County couple with a family in Vista were killed on a small plane that crashed into a forest near the Williams Airport, west of Flagstaff.

A stock photo of a plane crash. A plane crashed in southern Arizona on Sunday and no survivors were found, as of time of writing.
Demiroren News Agency DHA / AFP/Getty

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