2 dead after small plane crashes near airfield in Arizona

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a small plane crashed near Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.

Emergency crews were dispatched at about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Mesa Fire Department and Medical Aircraft Rescue Firefighting paramedics later confirmed that two people died in the crash.

Their names weren’t immediately released.

Witnesses called to report an explosion when the plane went down shortly after takeoff from Falcon Field.

Aerial video from the scene showed the demolished single-engine AT-6 plane on a road on the west side of the airport.

It appears the nose section housing the propeller broke away from the body of the aircraft and was laying a few feet away. A portion of the wreckage was covered with a tarp.

It’s unclear if weather was a factor in the crash.

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