Police tape cordon off an area near the site of a plane crash that killed several people Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is at the scene of the deadly crash and authorities are working to identify the people killed in a Piper PA-24 Comanche that went down Monday night shortly after takeoff from the Scottsdale Airport. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Police release names of 6 killed in Arizona plane crash

April 11, 2018 - 7:20 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say they've identified the six people killed in the fiery crash of a small plane on a golf course in a Phoenix suburb shortly it took off from a nearby airport.

Scottsdale police say the victims were 26-year-old Erik Valente, 28-year-old James Louis Pedroza, 23-year-old Mariah Sunshine Coogan, 28-year-old Anand Anil Patel, 22-year-old Helena Lagos and 23-year-old Iris Carolina Rodriguez Garcia.

Their hometowns weren't immediately available Wednesday, but police say the victims' families have been notified.

The Piper PA-24 Comanche went down Monday night on the TPC Scottsdale Champions Golf Course and burst into flames.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were at the crash site Tuesday examining the burned wreckage next to a tree.

The NTSB will issue a preliminary report on circumstances of the crash within two weeks.

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