Plane crashes into mountains 40 miles east of Phoenix

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- At approximately 6:30 p.m. a Rockwell 690A twin turboprop aircraft, tail number N690SM, crashed into the Flatiron area of the Superstition Mountains near the Lost Dutchman State Park.  Reports say the plane left Falcon Field in Mesa with three children and three adults on-board.  The plane was reportedly en route to Safford, Arizona.

The terrain in this area is extremely treacherous, typically taking hikers up to six hours to reach.  The first person on the scene of the crash was an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer who was lowered from a helicopter.  The officer reported two areas of burning debris leading officials to believe the plane was split in two upon impact.

Just before 7 p.m. scanner traffic and calls to the newsroom indicated an aircraft down in Pinal County near the Lost Dutchman State Park.  Shortly after 7 p.m., the Pinal County Sheriffs Office established a command center and all available emergency personnel in the area were called to the scene.  

Below is an unconfirmed video of the actual crash from a nearby security camera.