2 dead in light plane crash at airfield in Benson - East Valley Tribune: Arizona

2 dead in light plane crash at airfield in Benson

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2008 11:41 am | Updated: 12:07 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

BENSON - Two people were killed late Wednesday when the small plane they were in crashed during a landing attempt at the airport in Benson, a Federal Aviation Administration official said.

The unidentified pilot was trying to land at about 8 p.m. when the aircraft bounced hard after touchdown, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said Thursday. The pilot increased power but the plane then flipped over and crashed.

The twin-engine Beechcraft Baron was destroyed on impact, although there was no fire.

The plane ended up mostly intact but upside down between the runway and taxiway, said Keith Spangler, the fire chief in Benson. One person witnessed the crash at the airport, which does not have a control tower. Spangler said the weather was clear at the time.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were on scene investigating the crash Thursday, Spangler said.

Benson is about 40 miles southeast of Tucson.

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