MARICOPA — A single-engine plane crashed into the flight operations building at Ak-Chin Regional Airport on the morning of Sept. 10, injuring both people on board.
The airport is located between Maricopa and Casa Grande, at 32514 W. Bud Road. According to Bart Smith, community operations manager for the Ak-Chin Fire Department, very little information is known regarding the accident. The small plane crashed into the side of the building.
“A plane did hit our flight operations building — however, the cause is unknown,” Smith said.
According to Ian Gregory, communications manager at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pacific Division, the Ercoupe 415-C crashed under unknown circumstances into an airport building shortly after taking off around 8:30 a.m.
Two people were on the plane at the time of the crash and both were transported to a hospital. They have not yet been identified.
One staff member was able to come out of the building with no injuries reported.
The incident is under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB is leading the investigation regarding the accident. According to Gregory, it typically takes NTSB a year or more to determine and release a probable cause for an accident.