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2 dead after small plane crashes near Buckeye Municipal Airport

Two men died after a small plane went down near Buckeye Municipal Airport on Saturday morning.
Published: Jun. 18, 2022 at 8:17 AM MST|Updated: Jun. 18, 2022 at 4:46 PM MST
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BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Two men died after a small plane went down near Buckeye Municipal Airport on Saturday morning.

Authorities were called out to the airport around 7 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said that two people were on board a Beech E35 plane that crashed in the desert. Video from the scene showed the plane’s wreckage and a heavy police presence in the fields northwest of the airport. The Buckeye Police Department said 56-year-old Daniel Keen died at the scene, while 32-year-old Emmanuel Flores was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. FAA officials have since confirmed the National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) is now leading the investigation as both agencies try to determine what led up to the crash.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story indicated that it was a Cessna aircraft involved in the crash. The NTSB has since said that it was a Beech E35.