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Small aircraft crash at Falcon Field in Mesa

MESA, Ariz. — A small experimental aircraft crashed
into an embankment near Higley and McDowell on Tuesday.

Forrest Smith, a Mesa Fire PIO, confirmed two people died in
the crash.

It is unknown if the plane was taking off or trying to land
at the nearby Falcon Field. In the wreckage a parachute
could be seen close to the area of the crash. Authorities believe the parachute did not open in time to stop the crash.

Officials report there were no distress calls before the

Authorities said to avoid Higley and McDowell throughout the
morning. The exact location of the crash is the southeast
corner of Higley and McDowell.

The specific type of the aircraft is unknown.