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Thu, Feb. 27

Three dead in Sedona plane crash

SEDONA - A small airplane crashed and caught fire at the Sedona airport 8:30 a.m. Thursday, killing all aboard, said Sedona Police Commander Ron Wheeler.

Fire crews responding to the airport found a small plane engulfed in flames near the end of Runway 21.

"Indications are that the plane struck a fence at the end of the runway and then went down the mesa," Wheeler said.

The runway sits on a mesa and there is a steep drop-off at either end. Witness accounts said the aircraft was on a take-off roll but never left the runway.

Three people were on board and that all were killed, according to Federal Aviation Administration and Sedona Fire Department spokesmen.

"It was quite a severe wreckage and severe fire" after the crash, Wheeler said.

An Associated Press report said the plane was a twin-engine Beech B-60 built in 1979.

It was registered to Pat Porter, a two-time Olympian and an eight-time U.S. cross-country champion. His wife, Trish, was also an Olympian in 1988. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

There has been no confirmation as to who was aboard the aircraft at the time of the crash.

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