Crews Search For Plane Missing From Ariz. Airport

Wreckage Found North Of Phoenix Saturday

PHOENIX — Search crews are trying to determine if aircraft wreckage they found is from a small plane that was reported missing from an Arizona airportmag-glass_10x10.gif.A spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office, Sgt. Jesse Spurgin, said the sheriff department helicopter located wreckage of a plane crash in the Seven Springs area, northeast of Phoenix.Spurgin said the initial reports were that there were three people on board, but that they did not know if there were any survivors at this time. Sheriff’s department search and rescue crews were making their way to the crash scene and that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified.

A spokesman for the FAA confirmed that search crews found burned aircraft wreckage Saturday morning in a mountainous area about 19 miles northeast of Deer Valley Airport.FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said it isn’t known yet if the wreckage is the missing plane.A single-engine Piper Cherokee departed from the airport on Friday at about 7:30 p.m. en route to a practice area about 30 miles northeast.When the plane didn’t return, someone reported it missing.The missing plane is operated by Trans Pac Aviation Academy, a Phoenix area flight school.

Copyright 2011 by KPHO.com. The Associated Press

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