Colorado couple tentatively identified as victims in plane crash

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Credit: Yavapai County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office

AURORA, Colo. — Two people killed in an Arizona plane crash have tentatively been identified as a married couple who lived in Colorado.

Mike Hughes, 65, and his wife Joy Hughes, 63, were named as likely victims in a plane crash at the Gunsite firearms training center in Paulden, Ariz. The two owned homes in Paulden and Aurora.

Also tentatively identified were James and Lisa Parrish of Terrell, Texas.

The crash was reported about 12:28 p.m. Saturday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office reported. Witnesses saw a Cessna 340 six-passenger aircraft clip some trees and then appear to explode on impact with the ground.

Initial reports on site indicate the plane was expected to land at the Prescott, Ariz., airport and those on board were scheduled to arrive at the Gunsite facility later in the day. Police have not yet determined why the aircraft was in the area over Gunsite prior to arrival at the Prescott Airport, they said.

There were also reports that the plane had hit a radio tower, deputies said.