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Liberty University grad killed in plane crash

Authorities say two people are dead after a small plane crashed on a golf course in Mesa, Arizona on Monday. The FAA says the plane reported mechanical trouble and could not reach a nearby airport. (ABC News screenshot via AP)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A 22-year-old Liberty University grad is one of two people who died in a plane crash in Arizona this week.

Krista Buchanan died when the small plane, piloted by Alan Ram, 53, of Scottsdale, AZ, crashed at a golf course in Mesa on Monday. According to the FAA, the pilot reported mechanical trouble and said the plane was unable to reach the airport.

The Liberty Champion reports that Buchanan graduated from LU last year.

Ram was the founder of a consulting firm in Scottsdale.

There's no word on what caused that crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal plane crash.

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