No survivors after plane crashes on TPC Scottsdale golf course

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No survivors after plane crashes on TPC Scottsdale golf course

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No survivors after plane crashes on TPC Scottsdale golf course

PHOENIX — A small airplane crashed Monday night on the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course and police confirmed there were multiple fatalities.

No one survived the fiery crash, police said.

Scottsdale police and fire crews responded around 9 p.m. to numerous reports of an aircraft down near Bell Road and 82nd Street, just north of Scottsdale Airport.

Scottsdale police confirmed the aircraft crashed on the Champions golf course.

Video and photographs taken shortly after the crash showed wreckage of a burning aircraft.

The aircraft was a Piper PA24, which crashed onto the golf course and caught fire after takeoff from Scottsdale Airport, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

Initial information from the scene indicated five people were on board, he said. Further information on the occupants was unavailable.

Officer Kevin Watts, a Scottsdale police spokesman, said at the scene there were “multiple fatalities” but he could not immediately confirm exactly how many were killed and added that none on board had survived.

“We do know the flight originated at Scottsdale Airport and it appears it went down shortly after takeoff,’’ Watts said.

The National Transportation Safety Board was on its way to the scene to begin investigating Monday night, Watts said.

Kenitzer said the FAA would assist in the investigation.

Versace King said he was helping his father load a truck near the airport and noticed a small, single-engine airplane take off. A few moments later, King heard the plane stall, then recalled a loud noise and subsequent explosion.

“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ So I drove over to the golf course and I saw the plane was engulfed in flames,” King said.

King got about 100 yards and began recording video of the fiery crash. He said emergency crews were on the scene several minutes later. He added the weather was “perfect” at the time.

The Champions course is one of two golf courses at the TPC Scottsdale. It is just east of the TPC Stadium Course, where the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open is held.

Chris McCrory and BrieAnna J Frank, Arizona Republic

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