3 Dead in Sedona plane crash

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Three people were killed in a plane crash at Sedona Airport. By Jennifer Thomas Three people were killed in a plane crash at Sedona Airport. By Jennifer Thomas
Three people were killed in a plane crash at Sedona Airport. By Jennifer Thomas Three people were killed in a plane crash at Sedona Airport. By Jennifer Thomas

SEDONA, Ariz. -- Three people died in a plane crash at the Sedona Airport Thursday morning.

Wendy Wagner, the manager of the nearby Mesa Grill, said the small plane never took off. She said it went off the end of the runway, plunged into a ravine and caught on fire.

Joe Waters was towing a helicopter at the airport when he witnessed the crash. He said he saw the twin-engine plane go about halfway down the runway. Both engines were running and everything seemed to be fine.

"He gets down about three quarters of the way down the runway and I started to wonder why he wasn't lifting off," Waters said. "Just before he got to the end of the runway, I saw him pull the nose up just a little bit then he disappeared off the end of the runway and went down below the hill. The next thing I saw was just a ball of fire and smoke."

It is not clear what caused the crash at this time.

Gary Johnson from the Sedona Fire Department said three people were on board the plane. Sedona police said there were no survivors.

The airport is on top of a hill. 3TV's Scott Pasmore said there is a cliff on both ends of the short runway.

Information is still being gathered. Stay with azfamily.com and 3TV for updates on this story.