Plane Crashes Into Arizona Airport Building

By Paula Liu

A small sized airplane crashed into a building at the Ak-Chin Regional Airport near Maricopa, Arizona, on the morning of Sept. 10, according to the Ak-Chin Fire Department.

Fox 10 Phoenix reported that the crashed happened sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., and according to Arizona Republic, there were two people on board the plane when it crashed. Nobody in the building the plane hit was hurt.

Ian Gregor, the spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane was a small single-engine Ercoupe 415-C with a tail code of N3816H. The plane crashed into the building shortly after taking off at 8:30 a.m. The cause of the crash is unknown. Gregor said they took the two people on the plane to an area hospital and neither sustained any life-threatening injuries.

Bart Smith, the community operations manager, said that the condition of the plane after the crash was unclear. According to him, Ak-Chin police were investigating the scene as of 10 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will both be investigating the case, with the National Transportation Safety Board leading the case, according to Arizona Republic.

Ak-Chin authorities did not reveal the names of the two injured people, according to Fox 10 Pheonix.

Ak-Chin Regional Airport is owned and operated by the Ak-Chin Indian community, KGun 9 On Your Side reported. According to the news outlet, the small airport is mostly available for Pinal County residents serving the communities of Casa Grande, and Maricopa. According to the news outlet, the airport is 44 miles southeast of Phoenix.

2 Dead, 3 Injured in Nevada Plane Crash

Two people were killed and three others injured in Nevada on Sept. 7 in a small private plane crash near Henderson Executive Airport, authorities said.

The single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane took off from the runway, had a mechanical issue and turned around to land when it crashed south of the airport, Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards told The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The propeller plane was on its way to Gillispie Field airport in El Cajon, California, around 20 miles east of San Diego, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the newspaper in an emailed statement.

The plane was on fire when help arrived.

The Henderson Fire Department responded about 7:45 p.m., the newspaper reported.

One person died at the scene, and the other person died at a hospital, Richards said. One person had serious injuries, and another person had minor injuries.

A Good Samaritan who tried to help rescue the people in the plane suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation, firefighters said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article