Mountainaire plane crash kills two

FLAGSTAFF -- The two victims who died as a result of the airplane crash that occurred Tuesday morning in the residential neighborhood of Mountainaire have been identified. 

The deceased owner and pilot of the Beechcraft model 336 single engine craft is 59-year-old Matthew Sullivan Mezger and his 54-year-old wife Mary Patricia Hughes of Sacramento, Calif.

The investigation determined the two victims took off from Sacramento on Saturday and arrived at the Flagstaff's Pulliam Airport the same afternoon.  

They spent the weekend in Flagstaff and flew out Tuesday about 11:45 a.m. intending to fly to Bryce Canyon, Utah.

The small plane took off but crashed south of the airport, just a hundred feet from Mountainaire homes, near the end of Tonawanda Road Area fire companies rushed to the crash and a wildland fire touched off by the fiery crash.  

The brush fire was contained to one acre.  Several trees were in the path of the plane but no structures were damaged.


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