Kids among dead in US plane crash

Searchers are recovering the remains of six passengers killed when a twin-engine plane slammed into a rugged mountaintop cliff near Phoenix, authorities say.

The dead included pilot Shawn Perry, 39, his two sons and his daughter, said Sheriff Paul Babeu. Morgan, 9, Logan, 8, and Luke, 6, lived with their mother in Gold Canyon. Their father lived in southeastern Arizona where he owned a small aviation business.

He had flown with another pilot who co-owned the company and a company mechanic to pick up the children for Thanksgiving. The plane was headed back when it crashed.

The other pilot was Russell Hardy, 31, and the mechanic was Joseph Hardwick, 22.

There was no indication the plane was in distress or that the pilot radioed about any problem, the sheriff said.

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