Pilot killed as small plane crashes into building in Arizona

Pilot killed as small plane crashes into building in Arizona

Last Updated: 8:50 PM, September 27, 2010
Posted: 3:24 PM, September 27, 2010

A small plane crashed in an industrial park about a half mile from Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., at about 11:00am local time Monday, authorities said.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza caught fire. Jonathan Jacobs of the Phoenix Fire Department confirmed that one person, the pilot, was on board the plane and died, according to a report from KSMB-TV.
Witness Billy Cartwright told KSMB that the plane’s engine sputtered before it crashed. “It was definitely a motor problem,” he said. “It sounded like it might have clipped the building before it hit.”

Cartwright attempted to reach the plane and open the door, he said, but was not able to get close enough due to flames from the fire.
The plane was due to land at Deer Valley Airport, and it was registered to a Scottsdale, Ariz., resident.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the crash, Gregor said, adding that it typically takes NTSB months to come up with a probable cause for accidents.
This is the second time a plane has crashed into a building near Deer Valley in two months. One person was killed on Aug. 4 when a small plane hit a warehouse near the airport.

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