Two dead in Camp Verde plane crash, plane was missing for hours

CAMP VERDE, AZ - Two people are dead following a plane crash in the Camp Verde area on Saturday night.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call around 6:30 p.m. about an overdue plane.

A family member told YCSO they were trying to reach the pilot for several hours.

YCSO was able to obtain GPS coordinates from a cell phone belonging to one of the occupants of the plane. 

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter located the plane around 8:30 p.m in very rugged terrain southwest of Montezuma Castle. 

DPS Ranger Troopers confirmed the pilot and his passenger were dead on the scene. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was an Experimental Pietenpol Air Camper.

The names of the individuals on board have not been released. 

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