WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The National Transportation Safety Board says a small plane appeared to lose altitude and stall before it crashed in Williams, killing all three people on board.
The crash happened at around 12:20 p.m. on Oct. 17, not long after a single-engine Piper PA-28 took off from H.A. Clark Memorial Field Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said.
"The incident claimed the lives of three individuals, with two of them found inside the plane and the third victim located outside the aircraft," Williams Police Lt. John Romero said.
Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft flying low with its wings rocking. The plane was registered to a flight school in San Diego.
"Witnesses said that the airplane had fueled up at H. A. Clark Memorial and took off, several moments later, they heard the plane operating at what they described as low or no power, turned to a northerly direction back towards the airport where the plane came down in a field nearby," Lt. Romero said.
Hyemoon Kim, 31, from South Korea was identified as the pilot. The second victim is Christopher Evans, 44, of La Mesa, California. The third victim was identified as Dakota L. Almazan, a 51-year-old resident of Las Vegas.
Williams is about 45 minutes from Flagstaff and is in Coconino County.