McDowell Mountains

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The Mcdowell Mountains are a great range of mountains, and there are a lot of homes at the base of the mountains.

I live here, and I heard from a neighbor once, and heard from my brother that there are reports of a ghost plane flying overhead that makes a weird whirring sound usually from 1:00am to 4:00am. The plane was a passenger jet from the 80’s that had taken off from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and was flying across the country. The pilots lost control, and it allegedly crashed East of Thompson Peak. The plane doesn’t harm or curse anyone, but it’s quite a scary sight to witness, apparently, and really adds to the culture of the East Valley.

(Submitted by Tom A.)

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Geographic Information

McDowell Mountains
Scottsdale, AZ
United States

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33.643558288662305, -111.76142406533472
Maricopa County, Arizona
Nearest Towns:
Fountain Hills, AZ (3.4 mi.)
Rio Verde, AZ (7.4 mi.)
Scottsdale, AZ (12.2 mi.)
Paradise Valley, AZ (13.0 mi.)
Carefree, AZ (15.3 mi.)
Mesa, AZ (15.7 mi.)
Cave Creek, AZ (17.0 mi.)
Cave Creek, AZ (17.0 mi.)
Tempe, AZ (18.0 mi.)
Tempe Junction, AZ (19.0 mi.)


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