Father, His 3 Kids Among Dead in Plane Crash

They were flying home for Thanksgiving when craft went down in Arizona
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2011 4:58 PM CST
A brush fire burns at the scene of an aircraft that crashed in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona last night.   (AP Photo/Tim Hacker East Valley Tribune)

(Newser) – The IDs of the six people killed in last night's plane crash in the mountains east of Phoenix tell a wrenching holiday tale: Among the dead are pilot Shawn Perry and his three young children—Morgan, 9, Logan, 8, and Luke, 6, reports the Arizona Daily Star. Shawn Perry had flown to the Phoenix suburb where the kids lived with their mother to bring the trio to his home in southeastern Arizona for Thanksgiving, notes AP.

"This is their entire family—it's terrible," says the local sheriff, who personally notified the children's mother. (She and Shawn Perry were divorced.) Also killed were two adults: co-pilot Russell Hardy and mechanic Joseph Hardwick. The plane slammed into the Superstition Mountains in the dark about 6:30pm. The crew hadn't reported any trouble, and the investigation continues.

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