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6 Killed in Plane Crash at Arizona Golf Course

Posted April 10, 2018 2:47 p.m. EDT
Updated April 10, 2018 2:48 p.m. EDT

A single-engine plane carrying six people crashed on an Arizona golf course shortly after takeoff Monday evening, killing everyone on board, authorities said.

Moments after the plane took off from the Scottsdale Airport around 8:45 p.m., it went down in a fiery crash on the TPC Scottsdale golf course, sparking a small fire next to one of the golf holes. The course, which hosts the annual Phoenix Open tournament, is a few hundred feet from the airport’s northern tip.

A spokesman for the Scottsdale Police Department said that none of the six people on the plane survived. The plane crashed next to a green patch on the Champions Course, one of two courses at TPC Scottsdale, police said. No one on the ground was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the plane as a Piper PA-24, a single-engine aircraft that can hold up to six people. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash or where the plane was headed, authorities said.

An agency spokesman said that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating. Members of the NTSB blocked off part of the golf course Tuesday morning as they inspected the crash site.

TPC Scottsdale is about 15 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix.