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Updated Jun 3, 2013 - 4:04 pm

2 of 4 who died in Phoenix plane crash identified

PHOENIX — Authorities have released the names of two of the four people
killed when two small planes collided in mid-air and crashed in the desert 15
miles northwest of Deer Valley Airport.

One of the planes was registered to Bird Acquisition LLC, which does business
as TransPac Aviation Academy. That’s a school for commercial pilots in north
Phoenix.

TransPac officials said Monday that two of its flight instructors were killed
in Friday morning’s crash _ 37-year-old Paul Brownell and 26-year-old Basil
Onuferko.

They said Brownell was TransPac’s director of standardization and had been with
the company since 2005 while Onuferko joined TransPac on May 20.

The names of the two people who died in the other plane haven’t been released.
That single-engine plane reportedly was registered to an aircraft leasing
company.

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