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HAPPENING NOW: Reported Large Commercial Aircraft down outside Phoenix AZ

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mr. sin, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Konstantin K

    Konstantin K Big League Poster

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    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/local/mesa/plane-crash-superstition-mountains-11-23-2011
     
  2. SaltyDelights

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    I have dibs on blaming the Muzzies.
     
  3. mr. sin

    mr. sin Registered User

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    Update: Witnesses believe crash near Phoenix involved a smaller plane, not a commercial airliner - 12 News NBC
     
  4. Konstantin K

    Konstantin K Big League Poster

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    [​IMG]
     
  5. SaltyDelights

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    AP: An FAA spokesman says there are no immediate reports of any missing commercial aircraft
     
  6. Ballbuster1

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    Yeah, I'd buy that story quicker than a big plane.

    Them little fuckers drop like flies compared to commercial ones.
     
  7. NuttyJim

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    It's a UFO
     
  8. OilyJillFart

    OilyJillFart Well-Lubed Member

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    Not if it crashed..
     
  9. Ballbuster1

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    Indeed. :haha7:
     
  10. CM Mark

    CM Mark The East is Ours!

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    Yeah, now it's a UCO
     
  11. lockjaaaaww

    lockjaaaaww All out of Bubble Gum.

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    Well put sir.
     
  12. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    My money is on gas line explosion.
     
  13. mr. sin

    mr. sin Registered User

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    vid of the crash from a distance

     
  14. Voss's Tumor

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    That looks like the plane on the lower left dropped a damn bomb on the mountain. That was a huge explosion for a little plane.
     
  15. WhiteHonkyDevil

    WhiteHonkyDevil El hombre de los moleculos!

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    Shit. I hope Stevie Nicks is ok.
     
  16. JonBenetRamsey

    JonBenetRamsey well shit the bed

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  17. Falldog

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    I think we have differing opinions on what qualifies as a large commercial aircraft.
     
  18. Ballbuster1

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    PHOENIX — A small airplane with three men and three young children onboard crashed Wednesday evening into a sheer cliff in the mile-high mountains east of Phoenix while going around 200 mph, the Pinal County sheriff said.

    The body of one child was recovered and "it is not hopeful" there are any survivors because of the nature of the crash and explosion, said Sheriff Paul Babeu.

    Ten deputies spent the night on the mountain to keep it secure. They and dozens of volunteers began searching the area at first light, he said, adding that hikers and curiosity seekers should stay away. Video from news helicopters Thursday morning showed the wreckage strewn at the bottom of a blackened cliff.

    Some immediate family members are out of the country, so the names of those involved can't yet be released, Babeu said.

    The twin-engine aircraft flew from Safford in southeastern Arizona to Mesa's Falcon Field to pick up three children for the Thanksgiving holiday and was headed back to Safford, Babeu said.

    KPNX-TV reported the father of the three children, who are ages 5 to 9, lives in Safford. Their mother lives in Mesa.

    "Our hearts go out to her at this time," Babeu said.

    The aircraft slammed into an area of rugged peaks and outcroppings in the Superstition Mountains, 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix, at about 6:30 p.m. MST Wednesday, authorities said.

    Callers reported hearing an explosion near a peak known as the Flat Iron, close to Lost Dutchman State Park, Sheriff's spokeswoman Angelique Graham said.

    Witnesses reported a fireball and an explosion.

    "I looked up and saw this fireball and it rose up," Dave Dibble told KPHO-TV. "All of a sudden, boom."

    Sheriff's spokesman Elias Johnson said the body of one child was recovered late Wednesday night from the crash scene.

    Besides the pilot and three children, a mechanic and another adult were also on board, Babeu said.

    Rescue personnel used infrared devices to search for bodies but found no sign of movement, according to Johnson.

    Rescue crews flown in by helicopter to reach the crash site reported finding two debris fields on fire, suggesting that the plane broke apart on impact.

    "The fuselage is stuck down into some of the crevices of this rough terrain," Babeu said late Wednesday. "This is not a flat area, this is jagged peaks, almost like a cliff-type rugged terrain."

    Video after the crash showed several fires burning on the mountainside, where heavy brush is common. Flames could still be seen from the suburban communities of Mesa and Apache Junction hours later.

    The region is filled with steep canyons, soaring rocky outcroppings and cactus. Treasure hunters who frequent the area have been looking for the legendary Lost Dutchman mine for more than a century.

    Some witnesses told Phoenix-area television stations they heard a plane trying to rev its engines to climb higher before apparently hitting the mountains. The elevation is about 5,000 feet at the Superstition Mountains' highest point.

    Calls to Falcon Field, which mostly serves small, private planes, weren't immediately returned Wednesday night.

    Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Rockwell AC-69 was registered to Ponderosa Aviation Inc. in Safford. A man who answered the phone Wednesday night at Ponderosa Aviation declined comment.

    Kenitzer said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board would be investigating the cause of the crash.
     
  19. gleet

    gleet What's black and white and red all over?

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    Almost missed that pesky mountain.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Mother Shucker

    Mother Shucker I'm over here now.

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    Probably should change the thread title.
     
  21. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    It would be hilarious if a shock jock were to call up and inquire to the price of a one-way ticket to Flat Iron mountain.
     
  22. Hog's Big Ben

    Hog's Big Ben Getting ass-***** in The Octagon, brother.
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    Did you know the "famous" incident you're referring to never actually happened?
     
  23. mr. sin

    mr. sin Registered User

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    to what? if your referring to the happening now part check the date lol
     
  24. Ballbuster1

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    I'll assume Shucker was referring to the large plane part.
     

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