UPDATE: 2 people killed in Pinal County plane crash

One person was killed when a small plane crashed and caught fire south of Maricopa just before noon Friday, according to authorities.

Pinal County sheriff's deputies are on the scene of the crash near Papago and Ralston roads.

Several people called 911 to report the crash, Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Clark said. Deputies arrived to find the single-seat vintage military aircraft wreckage on Peters and Nell roads, west of Ralston Road.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine North American F-51D crashed under unknown circumstances.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.


Authorities have identified one of two people killed when a small vintage plane crashed and caught fire south of Maricopa around noon Friday, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The pilot of the aircraft was Jeffrey Pino, 61, of Chandler.

PCSO said the second victim is not being identified.

Pino, the former president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, was the registered owner of the plane.

Sikorsky Aircraft is the largest helicopter manufacturer in the United States and has supplied Marine One, the helicopter used by the president, for decades.


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