Arizona Plane Crash – Arizona officials have found the body of a child near the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in the state’s Superstition Mountains.
Elias Johnson, a spokesman for the Pinal County sheriff, told ABC News today that the body is a child between the ages of 5 and 9. Johnson said he did not know if it was the body of a boy or girl.
Three adults and three children were believed to be onboard the private aircraft, including a father and his three children, who he had just picked up for Thanksgiving in Mesa, Ariz. The plane was en route to Safford, Ariz., when it crashed Wednesday night in the jagged terrain of the Superstition Mountains.
‘We do not believe anybody could have survived this crash,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said at a news conference this morning, adding that he would not reveal the identities of the victims until the children’s’ mother and extended family members had been notified.
A full recovery team planned to begin searching for bodies and wreckage in the jagged terrain “at first light” and hoped to have the scene secure by 4 p.m. today, Babeu said.
“There’s a window because of some storm concerns,” he said. “Some of the evidence and wreckage is strewn for some distance.”
The crash is believed to have involved a Rockwell AC69 twin-engine plane that had just departed from Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz., according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Allen Kenitzer.
However, the identity of the Arizona plane still has not been confirmed.