Wreckage of small plane with 2 victims found in Northern Arizona

PAGE, AZ - The wreckage of a small plane has been found in northeastern Arizona.

Pilots with the Civil Air Patrol had been searching for an aircraft, identified as a 1961 Mooney M20B carrying a father and son, which left southern California and was headed to South Carolina.

The plane was in Page early Friday afternoon, but departed without a flight plan, according to CAP spokesman Paul Rehman.

According to the Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the plane had remained low for sightseeing outside of Page.

Pilots from Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico were assisting in the search.

Coconino County Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Dick said they were notified around 1:40 p.m. Sunday of a possible wreckage in Peach Canyon, 35 miles east of Page on the Navajo Nation.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter flew a sheriff's deputy into the area and located the wreckage with two bodies inside.

Dick said due to the damage it has not been possible to confirm that it is the missing plane.

The FAA and NTSB have been notified. Dick said the area is not accessible by ground.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the family notified authorities on Saturday that the plane was missing.

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