PAULDEN -- A private plane crashed in Paulden about 12:30 Friday afternoon and appeared to explode on impact, killing four passengers, according to Yavapai Sheriff's Spokesman, Dwight D'Evelyn
The small plane down went down on the Gunsite Firearms Training Academy property in Paulden.
Victims have been identified as James Parrish, 57, and his wife Lisa Parrish, 54, both from Terrell, Texas, and Mike Hughes, 65, and wife Joy, 63, of Paulden and Aurora, Colo.
Witnesses saw the plane clip some trees and then appear to explode when it crashed.
The plane has been identified as a Cessna 340, a 6-passenger aircraft. The FAA has indicated that the plane left Bullhead City, earlier today.
Initial reports indicate the plane was expected to land at the Prescott Airport and those on board were scheduled to arrive at Gunsite later in the day.
D'Evelyn says the SO has not determined why the aircraft was in the area over Gunsite before landing at the Prescott Airport.
Some witnesses also indicated the plane may have struck a radio tower on the Gunsite grounds which may be a factor in the crash.
FAA and NTSB officials have been notified.
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