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Small plane crashes near Interstate 17 in north Phoenix

Posted at 10:19 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 23:51:33-04

A small aircraft with three people aboard crashed in north Phoenix on Tuesday morning.

Air15 video showed a small plane upside down in the desert near Interstate 17 and Dove Valley Road.

The incident happened just after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a single-engine Cessna 172 experienced engine failure northwest of Deer Valley Airport.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, everyone on the plane got out safely with no serious injuries. 

According to radio traffic with the Deer Valley Airport, the pilot said he had an engine failure, and he could not make it back to the runway. He told the air traffic controller that he would have to force a landing. The plane ended up upside down on the ground.

When firefighters arrived, they said they found three young men who had escaped the wreckage with just minor cuts and bruises. They were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

"They were all talking, and they were able to walk themselves out," said Phoenix Fire Captain Aaron Ernsberger. "It was a very, very lucky chain of events for the folks inside the airplane for sure."

The single-engine Cessna is registered to the president of Westward School of Aeronautics, which trains pilots at Deer Valley Airport. The company declined to comment about the crash, other than to say the passengers were okay.  

It is not clear whether an instructor or a student was piloting the plane when it went down.