Pilot headed to Carson City burned in plane crash

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PHOENIX, Az. (AP) A pilot has been critically burned after his plane crashed in an area north Phoenix.

The pilot was flying from Scottsdale, Arizona to the Carson Airport in Carson City, Nevada, according to FAA Public Affairs Manager, Ian Gregor.

Phoenix Fire Department crews were dispatched to the scene about 3 p.m. Tuesday after the single-engine Mooney M20 crashed on the side of a road and burst into flames.

Authorities say the 50-year-old pilot was the only person aboard and suffered second- and third-degree burns.

The man was transported to a hospital in critical condition. His name hasn't been released yet.

Authorities say the plane took off from Scottsdale Airport and was headed to Nevada when it went down about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) west of the Deer Valley Airport.

One wing was sheared off from hitting a light pole.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.

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