WICKENBURG, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -
Four people were injured when a small plane crashed about a quarter-mile west of the Wickenburg airport Friday morning.
Ian Gregor with the Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 310 was taking off from the airport when it went down near Highway 60 and Industrial Road.
The plane experienced some type of mechanical issue, according to Amy Sloane, acting chief of the Wickenburg Police Department.
Sloane said the plane hit a large dumpster as it went down at CC&R Waste Management. A wing was sheared off during the crash.
Sloane said two husband-and-wife couples from Wickenburg were on the plane. They have been identified as Fred and Linda Gagliano, who are the owners of the plane. Fred was flying the plane and was alert at the scene, according to officials. The other two passengers were identified as Patrick and Linda Brewster.
They were extricated from the aircraft and flown to Phoenix hospitals. All four suffered serious injuries but were in stable condition.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
WICKENBURG, AZ - Officials are investigating after a small plane crashed near Wickenburg.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 310 reportedly crashed a quarter of a mile west of the airport near Highway 60. It went down on departure, crashing in a group of bushes near a structure.
Wickenburg police said four people were seriously injured in the crash and taken to the ICU.
Police identified the plane owner as Linda Gagliano, but the pilot at the time was Fred Gagliano. Linda was a passenger, along with two others, Patrick and Linda Brewster. All four occupants are said to be in their sixties.
The cause of the crash has not yet been identified, but the FAA is investigating possible mechanical failure.
Here are the photos of some 1965 and 1966 Cessna 310N
1968 Cessna 310N
Owner/operator: GAGLIANO LINDA R TRUSTEE
C/n / msn: 310N-0127
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location: Maricopa County, west Wickenburg, AZ - United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport: Wickenburg Muni (E25)
The airplane impacted industrial desert terrain west of Wickenburg Municipal Airport (E25), Wickenburg, Arizona. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the four occupants onboard received serious injuries.