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Yavapai County Sheriff Backcountry team is working to recover the bodies.

Yesterday, around 6:30 PM, YCSO received a call concerning an overdue small plane.  The family member of the plane’s owner indicated they had been trying reach the pilot for several hours without success. Earlier, the pilot indicated he was taking a friend for a short flight in the area around Yavapai County. Local aircraft towers had no record of this plane in the air. Eventually, deputies obtained GPS coordinates from a cell phone belonging to one of the occupants. A DPS Ranger crew was launched and aided by the GPS coordinates, located the plane around 8:30pm in a remote area and very rugged terrain southeast of Montezuma Castle, Camp Verde. – see attached map.

DPS Ranger Troopers set down and confirmed the pilot and his passenger were deceased.  Early this morning, deputies were finally able to access the site. A representative from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived and is on scene this morning with a YCSO Backcountry team called out to recover the bodies. 

The plane is a home built type – a detailed description is pending verification from the scene ---

Watch for updates later today pending next of kin notification and reports from deputies on site. Details on the investigation itself will come from NTSB officials.


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Dwight D'Evelyn

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator

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