Sheriff Releases IDs of Dead in Arizona Plane Crash

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say the victims in a fiery plane crash this week near the northern Arizona town of Paulden were two couples.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Department says the medical examiner tentatively identified the dead in Friday's crash as 57-year-old James Parrish and his 54-year-old wife Lisa of Terrell, Texas, and 65-year-old Mikeapa Hughes and his 63-year-old wife Joy, who have homes in Paulden and Aurora, Colo.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said Saturday that relatives have been notified but positive identifications will probably take weeks using DNA and dental records.

The department says that the twin-engine Cessna 340, which was owned by James Parrish, was flying from Bullhead City, Ariz., when it went down west of Paulden. No one survived.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause.

PAULDEN, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say four people are dead after a small plane crashed near the northern Arizona town of Paulden.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna 340 was flying from Bullhead City in northwestern Arizona to an unknown destination when it crashed about 12:40 p.m. Friday on the grounds of the Gunsite Ranch west of Paulden.

Chino Valley Fire District spokesman Rob Zuzueta says the pilot and three passengers died in the crash and there were no survivors.

The victims' names, ages and hometowns aren't immediately available.

Phoenix television station KPHO says a witness to the crash reported seeing a large ball of fire after the twin-engine plane hit the ground.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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