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Plane crash kills pilot, three passengers

A wheel from the landing gear of a Cessna 208 that crashed just south of Parks Nov. 8 lays approximately 20 yards from the rest of the plane as firefighters stand by with hoses in case the wreckage catches fire.

The plane with four passengers) listed on board was traveling from Las Vegas to Midland, Texas, said Coconino County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Firefighters from the Parks-Bellemont Fire District spent hours clearing away debris and segments of large trees chopped down by the crashing plane to get at and remove the victims’ bodies. Pieces of personal property, such as shoes and clothing, as well as fuel from the plane were strewn all over the crash site. The plane never caught fire, but firefighters dowsed the area with water and foam anyway.

The plane was completely destroyed in the crash, with pieces of landing gear and the a propeller landing nearly 30 yards away.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office identified the people killed as:

Pilot Wade Silvey, of Weatherford, Texas, Robert Fry, of Fort Worth, Texas, James Randolph, of Brownsville, Texas and Brad Galloway, of Brownsville, Texas.

Air traffic controllers in Albuquerque, N.M. reported they lost contact with the plane shortly before witnesses reported seeing the plane spiraling toward the ground.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived over the weekend to investigate the crash site.

A utility company employee and a local resident reported seeing the plane go down.

The Cessna 208 Caravan is used for a variety of purposes, ranging from personal use to light freight operations and can hold up to nine passengers.

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