2 teens killed in private plane crash in Yavapai County

Crashed east of Paulden Saturday, Sept. 23.

At about 11 a.m., the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a missing aircraft based out of the Prescott airport.

According to a YCSO spokesperson, a search was initiated around noon after authorities learned that a single-engine Cessna had gone missing. Officials are working to recover their bodies and the Department of Public Safety is assisting. Reports indicated 2 men occupied the plane.

A sheriff’s office rescue helicopter set out looking for the missing plane and crew members spotted the wreckage several miles east of Paulden near Perkinsville Ranch. During the initial overflight, it appeared the 2 male adults did not survive the crash. The two were identified as 19-year-old Spencer Kihlstrom and 19-year-old Jeremiah Linnertz, both from Chino Valley.

Rescue crews on the ground were directed to the crash site and confirmed the men were dead.

Search and Rescue crews, working with YCSO’s Forest Patrol deputies, are now in the process of recovering the bodies.

No further details available at this time.

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