2 killed in plane crash near I-17 outside Flagstaff FLAGSTAFF, AZ -- Two people who died when a small plane crashed in northern Arizona Friday morning have been tentatively identified.
Frank Protiva, 47, and 58-year-old Thomas Moody, both of Flagstaff, were believed killed in the crash.
Gerry Blair from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said the plane crashed eight miles south of Flagstaff Airport, just west of Interstate 17, around 7 a.m.
Officials received a call from a DPS Commander who was driving south on the Interstate in the area of Newman Park when he apparently observed a small aircraft that appeared to be experiencing engine problems.
Audio tapes from FlagScanner.com recorded that message.
The DPS Commander said he heard the engine sputtering, watched as the aircraft struck a tree, then heard the loud sound of a collision.
The DPS Commander initiated a gr
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