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A single-engine plane crashed in Fay Canyon, killing four aboard around 3:50 p.m., Sunday, July 20.

The crash ignited a 20-acre fire which is currently burning in Fay Canyon, west of Sedona in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area as of 5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 20. A command post has been set up at the Fay Canyon Trailhead, which is location on Boynton Pass Road south of Enchantment Resort.

Fay Canyon FireInitial reports indicated a plane may have crashed in the area, igniting the fire, but crews could not locate the crash site due to the terrain and smoke for the first two hours after the crash. Sedona Fire District Fire Marshal Gary Johnson confirmed the single-engine plane crash at 6:04 p.m.

The type of plane has not been identified and the names of the victims have not yet been released. There is no information yet as to the flight plan of the aircraft.

Crews from the Sedona Fire District, Coconino National Forest and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office are on the scene. There is a temporary roadblock at Boynton Pass and Boynton Canyon roads. There  was a temporary roadblock at Boynton Pass and Long Canyon roads, which has since been removed.

See the Wednesday, July 23, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News for the full story and more photos from the scene.


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  • Trina Stephenson

    FAA are you listening? We need stricter controls over low flying aircraft over the Red Rock Ranger District. I am annoyed by the noise all the time when out in the wilderness and other parts of the Red Rock Ranger District, but never in my wildest imagination did I imagine that a plane would crash killing multiple people and then threatening one of the best wilderness areas in the United States.
    We need help managing the planes coming out of small airports nearby that have very little regulation.

  • Trina Feldman

    In reply to: Trina Stephenson

    Helicopters flying 100 ft. over my house overhead at 6:35 AM! The noise levels over holiday weekends is like being in a Vietnam movie. Is there no respite or remedy for the airport traffic noise? The canyons echo the noise all day long on the weekends. Doesn't the FAA have any control over air traffic patterns and use?

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