Small plane crashes near Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix

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Phoenix Fire Department officials have confirmed a small single-engine plane has crashed in the area of 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, near Deer Valley Airport.

According to a brief statement by the Phoenix Fire Department, the plane went through a fence and lodged into a tree, where firefighters were able to extricate two people.

Video from the scene showed neighboring businesses did not appear to have suffered any damage as a result.

"Two adult males were transported to an area hospital in critical condition," stated Captain Larry Subervi. "The exact nature of their injuries is unknown at this time."

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot of a single-engine Grumman AA-1 reported a mechanical problem shortly after departure from Deer Valley Airport. He says the pilot indicated he would try to return to the airport, but the plane crashed about a half mile from the runway.

The names of the pilot and passenger have not been released.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.