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Arizona fire official: Planes collide; 3 dead

Friday - 5/31/2013, 3:29pm  ET

PHOENIX (AP) -- Two small planes collided and then crashed in the desert north of Phoenix on Friday, killing three people and injuring two, authorities said.

The collision and crash involved two single-engine planes, said Capt. Dave Wilson of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department.

Television news footage showed only charred wreckage left from one of the planes, while the other was fairly intact.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said another pilot reported seeing two planes collide about 15 miles west-northwest of the Deer Valley Airport in north Phoenix.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.


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