November 26, 2011 by staff 

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS, Search and rescue personnel found the body of a child and worked Thursday to recover the remains of five other passengers killed when a twin-engine plane slammed into a rugged mountaintop cliff near Phoenix, authorities said.

Officials landed a helicopter near the crash scene in the Flatiron part of the Superstition Mountains east of Apache Junction, said Elias Johnson of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department. Video from news helicopters Thursday showed the wreckage strewn at the bottom of a blackened cliff.

The dead included pilot Shawn Perry, 39, his two sons and his daughter, said Sheriff Paul Babeu. Morgan, 9, Logan, 8, and Luke Perry, 6, lived with their mother in the community of Gold Canyon in Pinal County. Their father lived in Safford in southeastern Arizona and owned a small aviation business there.

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 plane was headed back to Safford when it crashed.

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