- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities in Gila County in east-central Arizona say a pilot and a brother who was his passenger suffered minor injuries when their small plane crashed near the Payson airport.

Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd says the plane crashed Sunday while the pilot was about to make a second attempt to land at the airport after a flight from Mesa.

Shepherd identified the pilot as 58-year-old David White of Gilbert and the passenger as 56-year-old Derek White of Florence.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

Shepherd says the pilot reported unspecified “issues” with his initial approach and that he was circling around for a second attempt when the plane crashed.

The crashed plane caught fire but a Forest Service crew quickly put it out.

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