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Joshua Merrill, 31, dies and Michael Fox, 32, injured in small-plane crash at N. Bell and W. Litchfield in Surprise, Arizona

Modified Date: 
Sun, 04/14/2019 - 9:21am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Small plane crashes in Surprise neighborhood, two hospitalized

Surprise police said a single-engine plane crashed inside Sun Village, a planned community near N. Bell and W. Litchfield roads, around 5 p.m.

Residents praised the pilot's skill to land the aircraft in an open area, avoiding homes just a few feet away.

1 of 2 Men Hurt in Plane Crash in Phoenix Suburb Dies

Surprise police Sgt. Norm Owens said Joshua Merrill, 31, of Peoria, Arizona, died Saturday night while undergoing surgery. He could not say if Merrill was the pilot or passenger.

Engine failure a factor in fatal plane crash in Surprise

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board investigation determined engine failure was a factor in a plane crash that killed a man in Surprise this month.

People Involved: 
Joshua Merrill
Michael Fox

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