Small Plane Crash in Arizona, 2 Dead

June 28, 2017 Updated: June 28, 2017

A small plane crash killed two people in Arizona’s Gila Bend Mountains on Tuesday, officials said.

After taking off, the plane never returned to Buckeye Airport, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 10. The wreckage was located 17 miles south of the airport.

None of the people on the plane survived.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, Ian Gregor, told ABC15 that a Vans RV-7—a low-wing, single-engine plane with two seats—was slated to return 10 a.m. on Tuesday. But it never did.

John McMahon, the city’s Airport Coordinator, died in the crash, the City of Buckeye confirmed.

An RV-7A plane (Creative Commons)
An RV-7A plane (Creative Commons)

“The entire city mourns the loss of John,” reads a statement from the city.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. The cause of the crash is undetermined.