Details about the airplane that crashed near Apache Junction

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PHOENIX -- Details from the FAA and other sources about the aircraft that crashed into the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix Wednesday.

Preliminary reports say the plane was a Rockwell AC69 twin engine aircraft after departing from Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. The FAA and NTSB are investigating this accident. NTSB is the lead investigative agency. The NTSB investigator usually posts a basic preliminary report on the agency’s website,, within a week or two of an accident. However, it typically takes NTSB months to come up with a probable cause for accidents.

Neither the FAA nor NTSB releases crash victims’ identities. The aircraft’s tail number is N690SM and it is owned by Ponderosa Aviation.