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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona authorities say two men are dead after a small plane headed to Nevada crashed near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say a single-engine Cirrus SR20 was flying from Bryant Field Airport in Rock Hill, S.C., to Henderson, Nev., when it disappeared from radar around 9 p.m. Friday.

A Civil Air Patrol search plane spotted wreckage Saturday in the Kaibab National Forest. Coconino County Sheriff’s personnel arrived at the scene and found the pilot and passenger dead and confirmed it was the missing plane.

FAA officials initially believed only the pilot was aboard. The names of the victims are being withheld until their families can be notified.

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


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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