A small plane crashed in the Thunderbird Farms area just before noon today, killing the pilot.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration now investigating, the plane was a single-engine North American F-51D. Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Clark described it as a “one-seater, vintage military aircraft.”

However, PCSO later reported finding the body of a second victim.

“We will release the victims’ identities as soon as family notifications are made,” Clark said. “Until then, we are not confirming names you may have heard from unofficial sources.”

The airplane caught on fire after impact. PCSO investigators are also on scene.

Clark said several 911 calls came in around noon, when the plane went down at the corner of Peters and Nall and Breeze Way, just west of Ralston Road.


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