Instagram stars are reportedly among the 6 people dead after a plane headed for Las Vegas crashed in Arizona

  • All six passengers were reportedly killed when a plane crashed at a golf course in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday night.
  • A video posted to Facebook by a friend of the victims reportedly shows them entering the plane prior to takeoff.
  • While police have not yet officially identified the victims, family and friends appear to have done so through social media.


The victims of a Scottsdale, Arizona plane crash reportedly posted a video to social media prior to takeoff, according to people said to be friends of the passengers.

According to the New York Times, a plane went down in flames at an Arizona golf course shortly after taking off from Scottsdale Airport on Monday night.

The Piper PA-24, which was headed for Las Vegas according to local reports, crashed at the TPC Scottsdale golf course under unknown circumstances, according to a Federal Aviation Administration notice.

A spokesperson for the Scottsdale Police Department told NYT that none of the six people aboard the plane survived.

The video below that was posted to Twitter appears to show the fiery crash:

While the names of the victims have not yet been officially released, friends and family appear to have identified them on social media.

The Arizona Republic also says it has verified the identities of three of the victims through family and friends. 

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On Tuesday, Facebook user Jeremy Gail posted a tribute to some of the victims in which he claims that four of the people travelling in the plane were Anand Patel (Happy), Mariah Coogan, Helena L, and James Pedroza, who he says also owned the aircraft.

In his post, he wrote that the last check-up on the plane was four years ago, and that it was built in 1970.


The video in his post, shown above, appears to show people entering the back of the plane, laughing and looking into the camera.

Gail's post has been commented on and shared hundreds of times. 

Tributes have also been pouring in via comments on the Instagram profiles which appear to belong to Pedroza and Coogan.

Gail believes Pedroza, who had nearly 12,000 followers on Instagram, had recently purchased the plane.

Meanwhile, Coogan, who had nearly 28,000 followers, was reportedly an aspiring model.

Gail also shared the Facebook profile of Anand "Happy" Patel.


Business Insider has contacted the Scottsdale Police Department for information on when the victims' identities will be officially released.

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