Friends & family speak about victims in fiery plane crash in Scottsdale

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Mariah Coogan and Akash Patel were two of the victims on the flight that crashed in Scottsdale. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5/Instagram) Mariah Coogan and Akash Patel were two of the victims on the flight that crashed in Scottsdale. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5/Instagram)
Mariah Coogan was a passenger on the plane that went down. (Source: Instagram) Mariah Coogan was a passenger on the plane that went down. (Source: Instagram)
Another person on the plane and in an Instagram video was 26-year-old Anand Patel, whose nickname was Happy. (Source: Instagram) Another person on the plane and in an Instagram video was 26-year-old Anand Patel, whose nickname was Happy. (Source: Instagram)
Investigators with the NTSB were on the scene on Tuesday prowling the crash site, trying to pinpoint a cause. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Investigators with the NTSB were on the scene on Tuesday prowling the crash site, trying to pinpoint a cause. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Friends and family are mourning the loss of six people who were killed in a fiery plane crash on a Scottsdale golf course.

The group was heading to Las Vegas on Monday night before crashing on the TPC Champions Golf Course.

[ORIGINAL STORY: 6 dead after small plane en route to Vegas crashes on Scottsdale's TPC]

A couple of videos were posted to social media minutes before the plane went down.

One of those on board was a young woman named Mariah Coogan.

"I saw that she was hopping on this plane, headed to Vegas," said close friend Ryan Beatty. "She's just a free spirit, fun loving person. She just didn't have a negative bone in her body, just the most positive girl I've ever met."

Another person on the plane and in an Instagram video was 26-year-old Anand Patel, whose nickname was Happy.

"He was taken away from us doing what he loved to do, what he liked to do the most, be with his friends and have a good time," said Akash Patel, Anand's twin brother.

Investigators with the NTSB were on the scene on Tuesday prowling the crash site, trying to pinpoint a cause. A preliminary report won't be released for another 10 to 14 days.

"Everybody on that plane was just getting their lives started, so much ahead of her, really bright future, really sad to see this happen," said Beatty.

A final NTSB report is not expected for at least 12 months.

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