Plane Missing from Arizona School Found Crashed

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have confirmed wreckage found in a rugged canyon east of Phoenix is that of a small plane missing from a flight school in Mesa since Thursday.

All three people on board the single-engine Piper died in the crash. A spokeswoman for CAE Oxford Aviation Academy says the dead include an Arizona flight instructor, a student pilot from the Netherlands and an instructor for Dutch airline KLM.

Civil Air Patrol incident commander Paul Rehman says the wreckage was spotted by a Department of Public Safety helicopter crew at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. A Gila County sheriff's search and rescue team confirmed there were no survivors.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane apparently crashed into a cliff wall.

The single-engine Piper left Mesa's Falcon Field Thursday afternoon.

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