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Two killed in plane crash west of ABQ

The wreckage of a plane that crashed northwest of Route 66 Casino on Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy of KOAT)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two people died when a small plane crashed on the mesa northwest of the Route 66 Casino Tuesday afternoon, according to Albuquerque Fire Rescue.

AFR spokesman Tom Ruiz confirmed the deaths within hours of rescue crews responding to the crash site. Officials have not identified the victims or said what led to the crash.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane, a single-engine Cessna, was planning to land at Double Eagle airport before crashing around 4:30 p.m.

“The pilot reported encountering icing and loss of engine power shortly before the accident,” he said.

Ruiz had said earlier that the pilot called into Double Eagle to say the plane was “not going to make it,” and the airport lost contact with the aircraft.

Lunsford said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.


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