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Family members speak about loved ones who died in Scottsdale plane crash

12 News spoke to several family members about those on board the plane that crashed in Scottsdale.

SCOTTSDALE - Family members of the six victims who were killed in a Scottsdale plane crash are speaking out and mourning their loved ones.

According to Kelly Coogan, her niece 23-year old Mariah Coogan was on board. Kelly Coogan says this nightmare is pure devastation.

“She loved life and was living it to the absolute fullest,” Kelly Coogan said.

She says, Mariah Coogan was the life of the party and a beautiful young woman with dreams out of this world.

“She's willing to take on any adventure, I'd call Mariah a no-fear kind of person,” she said.

Fearless and free after a weekend of fun in Phoenix, until tragedy struck. Mariah was just one of six who died after the Piper Comanche crashed on TPC golf course.

We're told by the mother of one of the victims that the pilot, 27-year-old James Pedrosa, her daughter and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Helena Lagos, and her best friend, 24-year-old Rodriguez, also died.

“That airplane, during that model year, one of them is equipped with six seats and we're looking into, were trying to establish rather on this whether this was an airplane approved and equipped for six seats,” an National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson said.

Federal investigators tell 12 News the plane took off from Scottsdale Airport around 8:45 Monday night and crashed just seconds later here at TPC golf course family's desperate for answers following the fiery crash.

“We don't know anything at this point really, we haven't really been able to contact FAA regulations,” Kelly added.

Team 12 also spoke with Akash Patel, whose twin brother Anand Patel died in the crash.

Akash Patel, says his twin brother, Anand Patel, was better known as “Happy,” and was visiting the Valley with a group of friends.

"[He] always gave to others before himself, and he was taken away from us doing things that he loved to do the most," said Akash Patel of his 26 year-old brother.

Akash Patel says Happy was from Oklahoma City and was young entrepreneur, known for having a large network of friends.

The Coogan family says they will miss Mariah so much and although they didn't know the other victims, they say, the fun trip that turned fatal for six young adults is an unbearable circumstance.

“This is just a life cut way too short and we want to know what happened,” Kelly Coogan said about her niece.

There is a GoFundMe page set up in memory of Mariah Coogan.

According to the NTSB, the plane that crashed was a 1970 Piper PA-24, also known as a small Piper Comanche. Pieces of the plane were taken to a remote location in Phoenix Tuesday as part of the continuing investigation by the NTSB.