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3 in Ariz. small plane crash identified

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WIKIEUP, AZ (FOX5) -

Authorities identified the three family members who were involved in deadly small plane crash in a desert area east of Lake Havasu on Thursday.

The Mohave County Sheriff's office said a 1960 Mooney M20A fixed-wing single engine aircraft was being piloted by Vidson Chan, 48, when it went down near the northwest Arizona town of Wikieup, about 150 miles southeast of the Las Vegas valley.

The sheriff's office said a passenger identified as Chan's 13-year-old son Cody contacted dispatchers about 11:30 a.m. reporting of the crash involving him, his mother and father.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft had an engine problem which forced it to land.

The sheriff's office said the female passenger, 49-year-old Josephine Chan, died following the crash. Vidson Chan was airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas while Cody Chan was taken to a medical facility in Phoenix.

The aircraft was apparently flying from Sedona, Ariz. to Shafter, Calif., according to the FAA.

The family is from Bakersfield, Calif., authorities said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were assigned to investigate the hard landing.

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