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Two Dead After Small Homemade Plane Crash in Phoenix
A homemade plane crashed in a Phoenix, Arizona intersection Monday, killing the pilot and the sole passenger, authorities said. The plane went down near the city's small Deer Valley Airport and the pilot, Theodore Rich, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene, Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said. The passenger, identified as Elaine Carpenter, 49, was transported to a trauma center in critical condition, fire officials said. But she later died. Police did not say how the two were related. Phoenix Fire Department officials said the small aircraft collided with a car as it crashed in a major intersection. The driver of that car initially refused hospitalization but later sought treatment for head pain, Phoenix Fire Capt. Kenny Overton, said. He did not know if that person was still hospitalized or was already released. Images showed wreckage of the plane in the middle of traffic lanes with firefighters at the scene.