Fay Fire: 4 dead in single-engine plane crash near Sedona, wildfire sparked in Fay Canyon

SEDONA, AZ - Four people are dead after a plane crashed into the side of the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona Sunday, reportedly sparking a wildfire in the Coconino County National Forest, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said USFS ground crews located wreckage of the small single-engine aircraft within Fay Canyon, northeast of Bear Mountain.

YCSO said ground crews reported four people were dead.

He said the wreckage is difficult to access due to the terrain and the fire.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said hikers reported that a plane has crashed in the area. The spokesman confirmed "multiple fatalities" aboard the aircraft, citing local authorities.

The spokesman said it received no reports of a missing or overdue plane in the area.

Brady Smith, spokesman for the Coconino National Forest, said 30 personnel, including two helicopters, two engines, one fuels crew and Sedona Fire, have responded to the 25-acre wildfire. As of Monday morning, it remains 0 percent contained.

The National Forest said the cause of the fire is likely caused by the reported plane crash. Smith said the fire's progression to the north and west is slow, while the southern and eastern sides remain "most active."

The Fay Canyon Trailhead is closed, the National Forest said.

No other details were immediately released.

 

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