4 people killed in Paulden plane crash tentatively identified
By FOX 10 News Staff
PAULDEN, Ariz. -
Four people are dead following a small plane crash in Paulden Friday afternoon. Witnesses said it appeared to explode on impact.
Authorities have tentatively identified 57-year-old James Parrish and his wife, 54-year-old Lisa Parrish, of Terrell, Texas, and 65-year-old Mike Hughes and his wife, 63-year-old Joy Hughes, as the four people killed on the plane.
James Parrish is the documented owner of the plane.
The Hughes' have homes in both Paulden, Ariz. and Aurora, Colo.
The Cessna 340 crashed about 12:40 p.m. in the dry brush off of Gunsite Road, sparking several small wildland fires.
The aircraft departed from Bullhead City, Ariz. Friday, Laura Brown of the FAA said. The plane was expected to land at the Prescott Airport and those on board had a visit to the Gunsite Firearms Training Academy scheduled.
Four people were confirmed dead by Chino Valley Fire after they put out the fires and examined the wreckage.
It's unknown why the aircraft was over Gunsite prior to arrival at the airport, a spokesperson for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said.
Witnesses told YSCO the plane clipped some trees on the way down and also may have struck a radio tower on the Gunsite grounds.
Paulden is about 30 miles north of Prescott.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.
The identities of those on board have not been confirmed and won't be released until the next of kin are notified.