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Officials: 1 dead, another injured after plane crashes, catches fire near Gila Bend airport

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Posted at 10:07 AM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 13:38:55-04

GILA BEND, AZ — Officials say one person is dead and another is seriously injured after a plane crashed and caught on fire near Gila Bend airport Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said an unidentified plane had crashed around 8:20 a.m. and caught on fire after crashing.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash.

Two people were in the aircraft when the crash occurred, with one of the people being ejected upon impact.

Officials said 56-year-old Gabriel Draguicevich died at the scene.

Authorities said one person, identified as 60-year-old Peter Stein, was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition.

Further details haven't been provided.