Prominent family killed in Show Low plane crash

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SHOW LOW, Ariz -- Federal investigators are working to figure out what caused a deadly plane crash in Show Low Saturday morning.

Two Snowflake residents were killed and two others were seriously hurt.

A spokesman with the Show Low Police Department said the Cesna 206 Stationair TC single-engine plane crashed just after taking off from the Show Low Regional Airport.

The plane was engulfed in flames when police and fire units arrived.

Crews found Kelly Hatch, 36, alive 40 feet away from the wreck. Her husband, Rob Hatch, 38, was still in his seat when rescuers also found him alive in the cockpit area of the plane.

Rob's father, Gerald Hatch, and his wife, Ruth, were killed in the crash. Both were 66.

The family is well-known in the area. The Hatch family owns five car dealerships in the Show Low area. Rob is the general manager of the Snowflake Hatch GMC Dealership.

Family said the four were possibly traveling to Las Vegas for a car show.

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

Kelly is being treated for serious injuries at the Maricopa County Burn Center in Phoenix and Rob is being treated at Good Samaritan Hospital.