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Flight to Photograph Jet Ends in Plane Crash

October 19, 2006|From the Associated Press

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A twin-engine plane carrying five people to photograph a vintage Soviet jet fighter crashed Wednesday, killing all five, a federal official said.

The Piper Cheyenne plane and a MiG-21 fighter took off from an airport in Prescott, about 60 miles north of Phoenix, at 1:30 p.m. for a photo shoot, said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

As the Cheyenne ascended after takeoff, an air traffic controller radioed the pilot to warn him about vapor seen coming from the right engine, Gregor said. The pilot radioed back saying he didn't think it was a problem.

The MiG pilot told investigators he thought he had a problem with a landing-gear door about 20 minutes into the flight and asked the pilot of the other plane to fly in close for an inspection, Gregor said.

The MiG pilot said the other plane flew under his jet but never reappeared. He radioed air traffic controllers that there may have been a midair collision at about 8,900 feet. But Gregor said there was no sign of damage to the jet after it landed in Prescott.

Searchers spotted a large column of smoke near Prescott and found the crashed Cheyenne.

Investigators from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.

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