An Instagram star was identified as one of the six people inside of a plane that crashed in Arizona Monday night shortly after taking off from Scottsdale Airport. Model Mariah Coogan from Santa Rosa, California posted an eerie video to her Instagram account moments before the doomed flight crashed.
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The pilot has been identified as 28-year-old James Pedroza from Las Vegas and his last communications with air traffic control showed no signs that anything was amiss. The air traffic controller asks Pedroza, "Are you experiencing any difficulty?" Pedroza replies, "Uh, we’re good just a training lesson (inaudible)." The plane crashed immediately after the call with air traffic control.
Pedroza’s best friend Arman Izadi is struggling with the loss. He said, "It’s not been a fun 12 hours that’s for sure. There’s nothing else I’d rather do right now than hang out with my buddy, you know? Nothing else is important, you know?" According to Izadi, Pedroza loved traveling and had visited 36 countries. Pedroza had just bought the six-seater Piper aircraft in February and was always taking his friends on rides.
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Izadi added that he was supposed to meet up with Pedroza Wednesday. "He messaged me and he said he wanted to talk to me about something and I don’t know what he wanted to talk about," he said. Another victim was identified as 26-year-old entrepreneur Anand Patel of Los Angeles, California.
Patel's twin brother Akash Patel said, "My brother always cared for his most humble friends. That’s what I miss most about my brother, his spirit." Patel says his parents are still in denial that their son is gone. "We were shocked, and they are still shocked and they’re hoping there’s a miracle that he comes back," he said. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the NTSB.
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