Four people were killed Friday morning after two single-engine planes apparently collided above north Phoenix, authorities say.
A pilot reported seeing two small aircraft collide in midair about 15 miles northwest of Deer Valley Airport, according to Ian McGregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The agency said it received reports of one of the downed planes at 10 a.m. Friday at mile post 7 on New River Road, north of the Carefree Highway and east of Lake Pleasant.
Phoenix fire crews went to the area and found the two planes. One plane apparently had caught fire and was destroyed. The other craft, a Piper Archer, was mostly intact. Authorities found four people dead.
OK. Who’s at fault here?
The pilots? Very likely.
Air traffic controllers? Maybe
I am certain that the National Transportation Safety Board is rushing its investigators to the scene to investigate.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families affected by this tragedy.