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Havasu-bound aircraft crashes in Wickenburg area

June 21, 2018

An aircraft bound for Lake Havasu City crashed Tuesday in the Yavapai County desert.

The single-engine plane departed Scottsdale Tuesday morning, carrying two Phoenix residents onboard. The aircraft experienced engine failure after about 80 miles into its flight when it lost oil pressure at high altitude. A plane-mounted parachute slowed the plane’s descent, but the plane sustained damage in the crash.

’The plane went down in the Yavapai desert about 24 miles northwest of Wickenburg, according to reports from the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane’s pilot was released from the scene without injuries, but a passenger was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.

According to Yavapai County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Dwight Develyn, a small fire spread through the plane as result of the crash and destroyed the aircraft before emergency responders extinguished the blaze.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were still investigating the crash as of Wednesday. According to FAA Communications Manager Ian Gregor, it could take the NTSB more than a year before determining a definite cause for the accident.