SURPRISE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Surprise Police say that one person was killed in Saturday's plane crash while another remains in intensive care. They have identified the two people inside the plane.
Police say 31-year-old Joshua Merrill of Peoria was killed in the crash. They say 32-year-old Michael Fox of Glendale was seriously hurt and is in intensive care on Sunday.
Neighbors in the Northwest Valley were in shock on Saturday after a plane crash landed in their neighborhood earlier this evening.
Fox 10’s Danielle Miller was at the scene of the crash.
"Everyone was just in shock, ran out, setting like this in this village it's not real," said Tom Hannon, who lives in the community .
Tom Hannon and many of his neighbors are in disbelief tonight by what's happened in their quiet community.
Surprise police say this single-engine plane crash landed in this green belt area of the Sun Village neighborhood near Litchfield Road and Bell Road around 5:00 pm Saturday.
The plane came in from the east.
“It just sounded like loud gunshots, we ran out and here it was, a plane, unbelievable," said Hannon.
Police say the pilot and only passenger were taken to the hospital, one by ambulance and one by air.
"There's not a lot of open fields, like places to I don't know, land a plane, I guess,” said Kelly Murphy-who also lives in the community. “This is one of our biggest fields I guess we have here, other than the open strip and golf course, and I guess he could have been trying to aim for that, but this is probably one of the biggest places and best places he could have landed."
Investigators are now on scene trying to determine what caused the plane to go down. Police also tell us the plane luckily didn't hit any homes or people in the area.
“For him to not hit anything, I mean he hit a tree, but for him to not hit anything else that's absolutely mind blowing and to have all of this open, like wow," Murphy said.