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2 off-duty police officers killed in small-plane crash in Arizona

July 18, 2011 |  6:08 pm

63332588-18162107 Two off-duty police officers from Southern California were killed when the small plane they were flying crashed during takeoff in Arizona over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Brian Hayes, 35, and Nicole Anderson, 32, were killed in the crash at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport in Winslow, Ariz., Sunday morning. Hayes was a police officer in Anaheim. Anderson, his girlfriend, was an officer with the Simi Valley Police Department.

They were flying a single-engine, fixed-wing Mooney M20F airplane, which crashed during takeoff and rolled over.

Hayes had been a police Explorer and reserve officer before being hired full time by Anaheim in 1999. He was working patrol at the time of his death, according to a department statement.

Anderson had worked for the Simi Valley Police Department since 2003. During her career, she’d worked on the department’s crisis negotiation team and been a bicycle officer. Most recently, she’d been the department’s youth services officer, according to a Simi Valley police statement. She was given the department’s Meritorious Service Award in 2008 for her role in transitioning the department to paperless report writing, a massive project that required a year to implement.

A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Simi Valley Police Department scheduled for Monday night has been postponed until Aug. 8 because of Anderson’s death.

Funeral services for both officers are pending.

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-- Sam Quinones (Twitter: @SamQuinones7)

Photo: Officers Brian Hayes, left, and Nicole Anderson. Credit: KTLA

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