Authorities believe at least six people were killed when a small plane crashed into the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix on Wednesday.
The crash happened about 5:30 p.m., witnesses said.
A spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Elias Johnson, said six people were aboard the private aircraft, all believed to be members of the same family.
He did not think there were any survivors, but said, "It's too early to tell. We hope to God someone survived."
Johnson said at a news conference that the plane crashed near Flatiron, where a wildfire apparently sparked by the crash was burning out of control.