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MOUNTAINAIRE, Ariz. -- Authorities say two people have died in a small plane crash south of Flagstaff.

Coconino County sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair says no one else was on board the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza. The plane crashed just before noon Tuesday, sparking a quarter-acre fire that quickly was suppressed.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says preliminary information indicates the plane left Flagstaff Pulliam Airport just before noon Tuesday. He says the plane had trouble gaining altitude before crashing about three miles southeast of the airport in the community of Mountainaire.

Gregor says the destination had been Tuba City on the Navajo Nation.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Associated Press,

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