by Bob McGovern
A pilot heading to Ak-Chin Regional Airport near Maricopa is dead after a plane crash on Tuesday night.
The single-engine, Zenith 601HDS plane went down around 8:30 p.m. for unknown reasons about two miles northeast of the airport and went up in flames, according to Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport is about a mile north off Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.
The pilot was alone on the aircraft, Gregor said.
The pilot, who has not been identified, was flying from Deer Valley Airport in north Phoenix to Ak-Chin Regional Airport, Gregor said.
The accident will be investigated by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
The NTSB, which will determine the probable cause of the accident, tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that it was not traveling to the scene of the crash at this time.
Another crash Tuesday, of a homebuilt plane, about 125 miles west of Maricopa in Safford, northeast of Tucson, is under investigation by the NTSB.