SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Federal Aviation Administration says a small aircraft went down about 25 miles northwest of Sky Harbor International Airport Saturday afternoon, killing the pilot.
No one else was on board.
The crash happened in the desert area north of the Loop 303 and east of 163rd Avenue near the Beardsley canal.
Spokesman Ian McGregor said the pilot of the single-engine plane radioed air traffic controllers at Luke Air Force Base around 1 p.m. and said he had lost control of his aircraft and was going down.
The plane is a Vans RV-7A experimental aircraft. According to the manufacturer's website it can seat two passengers.
The pilot was identified as Terence Donohoe, 53, of Glendale. He was the registered owner of the aircraft.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.