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Auto dealer, wife killed in AZ plane crash; 2 hurt

Auto dealer, wife killed in AZ plane crash; 2 hurt

CREATED Feb 5, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (AP/KGUN9-TV) - A plane crash in eastern Arizona fatally injured a well-known rural Arizona auto dealer, his wife and severely injured the man's son and his wife.

The single-engine plane crashed moments after take-off Saturday morning in Show Low.

Show Low police Sgt. Shawn Roby identified the deceased as Gerald Hatch and his wife, Ruth Hatch, of Snowflake-Taylor. Both were 66 years old.

Gerald Hatch's 38-year-old son, Rob Hatch, was pulled from the flaming airplane by firefighters. Rob Hatch and his 36-year-old wife, Kelly Hatch, were flown immediately to Phoenix hospitals.

Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe confirmed Gerald Hatch was the primary owner of a series of automobile dealerships in the eastern Arizona mountain communities of Show Low, Winslow and Snowflake.

Roby says Ruth, Rob and Kelly Hatch also were affiliated with the dealerships.

The plane was headed to Las Vegas.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.