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UPDATE: Plane with 3 men, 3 children crashes in Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A planned Thanksgiving weekend has turned into tragedy for some Arizona families.

A pilot and his three young children are dead along with two other business associates killed last night when the twin-engine airplane they were in slammed into a cliff and exploded in the mile-high mountains east of Phoenix.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says the body of one child has been recovered and searchers are working to recover the remains of the other victims.

The dead include the pilot Shawn Perry, his daughter and two sons -- 9-year-old Morgan, 8-year-old Logan, and 6-year-old Luke. The three children lived with their mother, also a pilot -- who was divorced from Perry.

He had flown to the Phoenix suburb of Mesa with another pilot who co-owned the company and a company mechanic to pick up the children for Thanksgiving.

The sheriff says there was no indication the plane was in distress or that the pilot had radioed controllers about any problem.

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