2 Dead in plane crash near Springerville airport

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Two killed in plane crash

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- Two people died in a plane crash after taking off from the Springerville Municipal Airport Wednesday morning.

Police say the first 911 call came in at about 10:30 a.m.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the single-engine Piper Cherokee crashed and burned about three miles south of the airport.

At this time it is not known where the plane was headed.

Gregor said there is no control tower at the airport and the pilot wasn't talking to air traffic controllers. The FAA isn't aware of a flight plan being filed.

Springerville is 18 miles west of the Arizona/New Mexico border. It is about four hours from Phoenix.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.