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So sad on the night before Thanksgiving.

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz Three adults and three children were on board a plane that exploded when it crashed into the Superstition Mountains, just east of Phoenix, on Wednesday evening, according to a local aviation school.

Multiple witnesses reported that a plane crashed into a mountain in the Flat Iron area and burst into flames. The plane apparently split in two.

Allen Kenitzer with the FAA says the plane was a Rockwell AC69 twin engine airplane which departed Falcon Field in Mesa. An FAA registry records check shows the plane is registered to Ponderosa Aviation Inc. out of Safford, Ariz.

Elias Johnson, a spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, told the newspaper that "multiple fatalities" were feared.

Rescue crews were trying to land helicopters in the mountainous area about 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix in order to search for survivors, but are having difficulty with the rugged terrain.

A law enforcement staging area was set up at the Lost Dutchman State Park.

Officials at both Sky Harbor Airport and Mesa Gateway Airport told myFOXphoenix.com that all commercial planes in the area had been accounted for.

A myFoxPhoenix viewer uploaded a video of the crash to YouTube from a greyscale webcam.

In the beginning, you see a small white light traveling from the left side of the screen to the right. At about :50, the light disappears. Then a few seconds later, there is a burst of light. The light that remains on the mountainside is the fire.
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Ugh. Kids. Ugh. So sad.

I can't think of a worse place to crash than the superstitions other that the middle of the ocean. Really hard for crews to get there.

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Do a google map and search directions from Apache Junction AZ to Safford AZ. Switch to satellite mode and you can see where they hit and how hard it is to get to them.

Weird thing is, weather is perfect here today. Zero wind, no rain or storms, very mild. You can get turbulence off the mountains if it is hot, but easy flying on a day like today. My guess it will be mechanical failure or pilot error.

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