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Lt. Tim Scott said the crash site is on the side of the mountain, south of North Peak. He said it is not visible from the road because it is behind a ridge.

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Mesa pilot killed in plane crash south of town

Officials say a man trying to avoid a winter storm near Payson Tuesday night died when his plane crashed into the Mazatzal Mountains south of town. David Kappes, 28, of Mesa, had planned to fly from Holbrook to Payson, but radioed air traffic controllers that he was diverting to Phoenix due to inclement weather, said Ian Gregor, Federal Aviation Administration public affairs manager.

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