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Nov232011

Plane Reportedly Crashes in Arizona's Superstition Mountains

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- A plane crashed Wednesday evening in Arizona's Superstition Mountains, creating a fireball captured on video and leaving officials voicing little hope for survivors.

Initial indications were that the incident about 4,500 feet up Flat Iron Mountain involved a general aviation plane, not a commercial flight. Passenger flights at major area airports all were safe and accounted for, officials told ABC News.

Elias Johnson, a spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, told AZCentral.com that there were "multiple fatalities," and evidence that the crash involved a twin-engine plane.

Witnesses said they saw the plane crash and flames erupt after 6:30 p.m. local time, according to ABC News Phoenix affiliate KNXV.

"What we saw was a small plane," Mark Klein, who lives at the base of the Superstition Mountains, told ABC News Radio. "It only had the red and green lights on the wings on, and it just ran into the mountain. I looked, like fireworks and then a big explosion."

The video posted on YouTube purported to capture the plane crash. It showed lights moving in the darkness and then a flash in the distance. A local resident told ABC News he took the video from his house in Gold Canyon, Ariz., about seven miles away from the crash site.

Dark video transmitted from the scene appeared to show fires in the mountain terrain.

The Federal Aviation Administration initially said it had no reports of a plane crash in the area.

Video Courtesy of Ryan Johnston

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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