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Small Plane Crashes in Yavapai County (AZ)

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CORDES LAKES, Ariz. (AP) — Search crews found the wreckage of a small plane in a remote area in Yavapai County on Monday, but there was no immediate word on survivors.

County Sheriff’s officials said an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter located a downed non-commercial aircraft about 5 ½ miles east southeast of Cordes Lakes shortly after noon Monday.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the single-engine Lancair 235 had been reported missing after departing Saturday from Deer Valley Airport near Phoenix for Page Municipal Airport.

They said two people were believed to be aboard the plane, but it’s unclear if they survived the crash.

Sheriff’s officials said medical personnel had a hard time accessing the crash site because of its remote location.

Aerial video from TV news helicopters show a single-engine plane in a desert area with severe damage to its cabin.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.