I was driving down the Loop 101 tonight, heading home from a friend's Super Bowl party out on the west side of town.
As our car got to the area of Desert Ridge (56th Street and the 101), I noticed a big yellow-orange light on top of the McDowell Mountain Range. I kept my eye on it as we drove closer, unsure of what it was.
Upon getting closer to the area, right near the TPC, you could easily tell there was a large fire on the side of the mountain, with at least two helicopters overhead providing floodlights.
I could still see the flames from my home in Scottsdale Ranch, near 100th and Via Linda. Early news reports suggested the plane was a Bonanza, although they've backed off from that statement and are now referring to it solely as a "small, single-engine aircraft."
According to the Scottsdale Police Department, the Rural/Metro Fire Department had someone up at the crash scene almost immediately, who recovered "various documents" from the site and verified two fatalities on the mountainside.
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