1 of 2 men hurt in plane crash in Phoenix suburb dies

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Posted: May 08, 2016 4:50 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — One of two men hurt when a small airplane crash-landed in a Phoenix suburb has died, authorities said Sunday.

Surprise police Sgt. Norm Owens said Joshua Merrill, 31, of Peoria, Arizona, died Saturday night while undergoing surgery. He could not say if Merrill was the pilot or passenger.

The plane's only other occupant was identified as Michael Fox, 32, of Glendale, Arizona. He remained hospitalized in intensive care Sunday.

Both men were on board a single-engine 1956 Beech G35 aircraft that crashed Saturday afternoon in Surprise, northwest of Phoenix. According to investigators, the plane managed to land in a greenbelt area of a gated community that caters to residents ages 55 and up. There were no injuries on the ground.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration continue to investigate the incident.