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Terrell couple killed in private plane crash in Arizona

James Parrish, 57, and his wife Lisa Parrish, 54, of Terrell, Texas, were killed on Friday, October 4, 2013, when their private plane crashed near Paulden, Arizona. Also killed in the crash were retired Denver police officer Michael Hughes, 65, and his wife Joy Hughes, 63.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna 340A owned by Parrish was flying from Bullhead City in northwestern Arizona when it crashed on a 2,000-acre shooting range owned by the Gunsite Academy west of Paulden, Arizona. Witnesses at the scene indicated the plane may have struck a radio tower on the shooting range.

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A spokesperson for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office stated the plane was expected to land at the Prescott airport and the passengers were scheduled to visit the Gunsite Academy later in the day. Michael Hughes owned Raven Company, specializing in concealed handgun training.

On October 6, 2013, a representative from Gunsite Academy posted this message to Facebook: "While this is indeed a terrible tragedy, we had over 100 people between the Mess Deck and the Proshop and throughout the parking lot having lunch, shopping, making calls and so forth. Only by the grace of God was everyone on the ground spared. This incident could have been a major catastrophe."

FAA records indicate the twin-engine plane was operated out of the Airpark East Airport located at SH 205 at FM 548.
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