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NTSB: Plane lost power before deadly AZ crash

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A plane on a sightseeing tour in northern Arizona experienced a loss of engine power before it crashed, killing one person, federal authorities said.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the pilot had been flying for about 20 minutes over Page on Saturday when the engine partially lost power.

The pilot was returning to the airport to land but fell about 250 feet short of the runway, he said. The single-engine Cessna 207 bounced and landed upside down amid gusty conditions.

Page police Capt. Ray Varner said one passenger died after being rushed to a hospital, while another is in stable condition at Flagstaff Medical Center.

The pilot's identity has not yet been released.

The single-engine plane hit the ground and toppled over near the airport runway in Page, about 200 miles north of Phoenix, Varner said.

"The plane hit the sand and flipped over upside down," Varner said.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor confirmed the Cessna 207 crashed 400 to 500 feet short of the tarmac

Both the captain and the FAA website said the aircraft's registered owner is American Aviation Inc. of Salt Lake City.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.