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SEDONA, Ariz. -- Two people were seriously injured after a small plane crashed while landing at the Sedona Airport in northern Arizona and went off a 200-foot runway ledge.

Sedona Fire District spokesman Gary Johnson says the plane went off the south end of the runway and over a dropoff area about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"It's very steep," he said. "We estimate that the aircraft is down about 200 feet."

It's still unclear if the plane was taking off or landing when the crash occurred.

Johnson says the pilot and two passengers were extricated and survived the crash. Their names weren't immediately released.

He says one person was airlifted to a Flagstaff hospital and another was taken by ground ambulance.

One person was airlifted to a Flagstaff hospital and another was taken by ground ambulance. Both were reported to be in critical condition. A third person was treated at the crash scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Mooney M20J flying from Henderson, Nev. was executing a go-around when the plane crashed.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash's cause.

KTAR's Martha Maurer contributed to this report.

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