Small Plane Crashes Into Round Valley High School
EAGAR, AZ (NAZ Today)– A small plane crashed into a school in Eagar, a small town in eastern Arizona, killing all four people on board Friday afternoon.
Apache County Sheriff’s Office Commander Matrese Avila says a small Cessna crashed into the high school, and officials evacuated homes in the neighborhoods to the north and east of the school because of high winds and some fuel tanks located nearby.
After taking off from the Springerville aiport, the Cessna circled the area two or three times before it suddenly crashed into the main building at Round Valley High School in Eagar at about 2 p.m., Apache County sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Guinn said. Several reports are indicating that the plane may have been trying to make an emergency landing on the practice football field next to the Round Valley Ensphere Dome, which is the football stadium on the high school’s campus.
Firefighters from nearly a dozen agencies fought flames that were erupting 20 to 30 feet above the roof of the two-story school. It took several hours for firefighters to put out the blaze.
National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected at the crash scene Saturday morning to handle the investigation, according to Show Low Fire Department spokesman Eric Neitzel.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.