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Small plane crash on golf course kills 6 in Phoenix suburb

AP  |  Scottsdale 

All six people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed on a golf course in a suburb shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, police said.

The identities of those killed in the Monday night's fiery crash in Scottsdale were not made public. Nobody on the ground was hurt, said Kevin Watts, a

Watts said the plane had just taken off from the Scottsdale Airport, but no information was immediately available on its planned destination.

Police will release the identities once they're determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office, but it's not known when that process will be complete, said Watts.

The Piper PA-24 Comanche went down on the the sister to the where the PGA's Waste Management Open is held each February.

Investigators at the site Tuesday morning examined the burned wreckage next to a tree.

told reporters that investigators were working to "gather as much evidence as we can and try not to jump to conclusions" about a possible crash cause.

He added that investigators will document how the plane hit the ground and determine if it hit any trees on the golf course and examine the burn scar left by the plane.

"Today, we're going to be basically gathering perishableevidence and on-scene data, actual data gathering," Simpson told reporters. The evidence will then be taken to a remote for storage facilityfor closer examination, he said.

Simpson said investigators will also listen to the audio tape of the pilot talking to the airport tower during takeoff.

The NTSB will issue a preliminary report on circumstances of the crash within two weeks, said

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 09:10 IST