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2 dead in crash of small plane in northern AZ

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Wreckage matching the description of the missing aircraft was at the bottom of a remote desert area. (Source: Coconino County Sheriff's Office) Wreckage matching the description of the missing aircraft was at the bottom of a remote desert area. (Source: Coconino County Sheriff's Office)
Two bodies were recovered at the crash site. (Source: Coconino County Sheriff's Office) Two bodies were recovered at the crash site. (Source: Coconino County Sheriff's Office)
PAGE, AZ (CBS5) -

Two bodies have been pulled from the wreckage of a small aircraft in northeastern Arizona, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon.

The pilot is believed to be 47-year-old Charles Trotter of Liberty, SC and the passenger is believed to be 15-year-old Dakota Jacks from Pickens, SC, the sheriff's office said. Jacks is reported to be a friend of the pilot's family.

Sheriff's officials said positive identification of the victims will be made by the medical examiner's office.

The plane had departed Las Vegas sometime on Friday, June 20, landed in Page and then departed at 1:30 p.m., according to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

The pilot had not filed a flight plan, center authorities said. The last cell phone contact with the pilot's phone was off a tower at Navajo Mountain shortly after the take-off from Page.

"What we did do is we utilized cell phone forensics and the possible sighting that we did see was very close to the location that the cell phone forensics picked up on," said Arizona Civil Air Patrol spokeswoman Lori Raska.

The center then contacted the Civil Air Patrol Wings from several states. A multi-state search began Sunday morning.

Four Civil Air Patrol Wings were involved in the search across four states, including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

A ground search team was deployed to Tuba City from Arizona and a communications team from Colorado was deployed to Page.

The Arizona Wing of the CAP located from the air the wreckage of a plane in a canyon at around 1:40 p.m. Wreckage matching the description of the missing aircraft was at the bottom of a remote desert area called Peach Canyon.

Due to the remote nature of the canyon, access to the wreckage could only be made by helicopter. The bodies of the victims were removed and transported to the medical examiner's office in Flagstaff.

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