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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
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.
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.
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.