Six People Killed in Piper Plane Crash at Arizona Golf Course

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Six people died in a fiery plane crash at an Arizona golf course on Monday, April 9, according to police. Everyone on board the Piper PA24 died when the plane crashed shortly after it took off from Scottsdale Airport for Las Vegas at around 8:45 p.m. Among the victims identified are Anand Patel, Mariah Coogan, Helena Lagos, and James Pedroza. Authorities and safety officials are currently investigating what caused the small plane to crash.

Piper PA24 Plane Went Down Less than a Mile from Airport

According to investigators, the plane had only traveled about three-fourths of a mile from the runway at Scottsdale Airport when it crashed and burst into flames near the second-hole green on the Champions Golf Course at TPC Scottsdale.

"At this point in the investigation we can confirm that the flight originated from the Scottsdale airport and crashed shortly after takeoff," said Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Allen Kenitzer in a statement. "None of the six passengers aboard the aircraft survived."

A Facebook post by Jeremy Gail indicated James Pedroza owned the Piper PA and piloted it. That same post identified four of the six victims. Meanwhile, a video posted on social media showed Mariah Coogan and Anand "Happy" Patel just before the plane took off.

A call to air traffic control reportedly didn't indicate any difficulty with the flight.

"Are you experiencing any difficulty?" an air traffic controller asked Pedroza, who responded, "Uh, we're good, we're just a training lesson."

Ground Shook When Small Plane Crashed into Champions Golf Course

Debbie Robinson lives near the Champions Golf Course. She told reporters she felt the ground shake and saw the smoke from the crash.

"For the ground to shake and to feel it all the way up there, it was really unbelievable," Robinson said.

National Transportation Safety Board Investigating Arizona Piper Plane Crash

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are at the scene of the crash and are investigating it. Among the questions they'll need to answer is whether the Piper PA24 was equipped to carry six people. The plane was listed as a four-seater but could have had modifications that would have increased the seating capacity.

The aircraft involved in the crash was built in 1970, but its official registration was not deemed fit, although the reason for that has not been disclosed.

The NTSB preliminary report will likely be released in the next few weeks, however, the final NTSB report will not likely be issued for 12 to 18 months following the crash.

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