PAULDEN, AZ - Authorities say four people died when a small plane crashed in northern Arizona.
The Chino Valley Fire Department confirmed the deaths Friday afternoon.
FAA spokeswoman Laura J. Brown said the Cessna 340 crashed on Gunsite Ranch west of Paulden.
Brown said the plane had departed from Bullhead City, Arizona but she did not have information on its destination.
Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said witnesses saw the plane clip some trees and then appear to explode on impact. He said some witnesses also indicated the plane may have struck a radio tower on the property, causing the crash.
Two teen brothers on fall break were working with horses on their property when the plane went down.
Joshua Reiman, 18, told ABC15 he looked up when he heard the plane's engine "whining." He said he saw the plane plummet.
His 16-year-old brother, Cody, said he was in a different part of the field and saw a fireball when the plane crashed.
Their mother, Kathleen, told ABC15 a party for alumni of the Gunsite Academy was planned for this weekend and many were expected to fly in for the event.
D'Evelyn said initial reports from the site indicate the 6-seat plane was expected to land at the Prescott Airport and those on board were scheduled to arrive at Gunsite later in the day. He said it was not known why the plane was over Gunsite around 12:30 p.m. before its arrival in Prescott.
FAA and NTSB officials have been notified.
D'Evelyn said the identities of those on board will not be released until family members have been notified.
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