Ariz. man among 2 killed in fiery crash of small plane in New Mexico

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SANTA TERESA, N.M. -- New Mexico State police have identified two men killed when the small propeller airplane they were riding in crashed northwest of the Santa Teresa airport.

Small plane crashed in thunderstorm

One of the victims is an Arizona man -- Michael Perry of Avondale.

The other is Jim Crosby, whose hometown was unknown.

Police say they were killed Saturday when their Raytheon A36 crashed during a thunderstorm.

It's not yet known how old the men were or who was flying the plane.

New Mexico State Police Officer Joe Ballesteros says the plane was registered to ST Incorporated in Peoria, Arizona.

Nearby hikers saw the four-seat aircraft take off around 6 p.m. from the airport and fly into a thunderstorm before crashing and bursting into flames.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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