MCSO: Plane down on Fort McDowell reservation

Posted at 5:13 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 20:41:58-05

Authorities say a small plane has crashed on the Fort McDowell Reservation but there are no reported injuries.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say the Piper Tri-Pacer plane went down Wednesday afternoon near Fort McDowell Road and State Route 87.

FAA officials say the plane experienced engine trouble and the pilot was forced to land in a wash nearby.

Officials say one of the wings struck a tree when it landed and the plane was badly damaged. The aircraft had departed from Falcon Field for a local flight, according to the FAA.

Authorities say the two people aboard the single-engine plane are being evaluated by Fort McDowell Fire Department paramedics.

Sheriff's officials say they are assisting Fort McDowell authorities in the investigation of the crash.