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70-year-old pilot burned after Small Plane Clips Part of Cottonwood Home

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a 70-year-old man has been seriously injured after the small plane he was piloting crashed into part of a home in north-central Arizona

A 70-year-old man suffered serious injuries when his plane crashed into a home Monday morning in Cottonwood, police said.

The pilot had managed to exit the plane on his own, according to Cottonwood police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt. She said the plane, a single-engine Bonanza Beechcraft, was on fire in the backyard of the home by the time officers arrived.

The pilot was transported to the Maricopa Burn Center. His condition was not immediately available.

Kuhlt said the house sustained minimal damage, and no one was home at the time.

The cause of the crash is unknown. Kuhlt said the pilot told crews his engine had stopped.

Cottonwood police say fire and rescue crews arrived at the scene about 9:45 a.m. Monday and found the single-engine Bonanza Beechcraft in flames.

They say the pilot was extricated from the plane and air-lifted to a burn center in Phoenix.

The man’s name wasn’t immediately released, but police say he’s a resident of the Cottonwood area.

Police say the pilot told them that the plane’s engine stopped, leading to the crash.


The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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