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Thursday
Nov242011

Search Continues for Victims of Plane Crash

Bill Cummings/Desert Breeze Photography(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. Officials says rescue crews were battling the fire well into Thursday morning.

Elias Johnson, a spokesman for the Pinal County sheriff, tells ABC News Radio deputies have found the body of one child between the ages of 5 and 9 and that the search for more survivors or victims continues.

Officials believe the twin-engine plane was carrying three adults and three children.

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

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