SAN CARLOS APACHE INDIAN RESERVATION - A man watched his own brother die when his ultra light plane crashed on the San Carlos Indian Reservation Sunday afternoon.
Warren Youngman with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs said the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. in the north western part of the reservation about 32 miles north of Safford, Arizona.
Graham County Sheriff's spokesman Jeff McCormies said two brothers from Alabama were flying cross country in two separate ultra light planes.
The brothers stopped in Safford Sunday morning to refuel the planes. After filling the planes with gas, they took off from the Safford Regional Airport headed towards Show Low.
McCormies said one of the men sent a mayday signal after he saw his brother's plane crash. Someone in New Mexico picked up the signal and alerted Arizona authorities.
Youngman said when police arrived they found the plane wreckage with the pilot inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The names of the two men involved have not been released. BIA Special Agents and the the FAA are trying to determine what caused the crash.
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