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Superstition Mountain crash 1 year later

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On Nov. 23, 2011, a small plane en route to Safford crashed into the Superstition Mountains.  On board were six passengers, including three small children. Karen Perry is the grieving mother of Logan, Luke and Morgan. She spoke to CBS 5 about the one-year anniversary of the tragic event that took the life of everyone on board, including her three children.

"I told him (Luke), 'You are going to spend Thanksgiving with your dad and you're going to go on the plane,' and he's yelling, 'Yeah, I love Thanksgiving,'" said Perry on Tuesday evening with the Superstition Mountain behind her. This Thanksgiving is going to be a tough one for Perry as she remembers the day before Thanksgiving last year.

"Knowing that this time last year my kids were here and they're not now," she said. holding back the tears.

Perry remembers she had been ill that day and her children's provider had taken them to Falcon Field where they were set to take off with their dad. That same provider called her an hour and a half later to share the terrible news as she watched reports on television about the crash.

"I like to think that my kids came into my life in a very special way and taught me a lot while they were here and they were only meant to be here for a short time and I'm grateful for the time that I had with them," she added.  

On Tuesday, almost a year later to the day, Perry is trying to make life as normal as can be without her three kids. She went back to work as a flight attendant in May and moved into a different home. Perry, though, remains and plans to remain in Gold Canyon near the place where the horrific crash happened last year.

"To me, it's the grave site of my children, it's where they died so, it holds a special meaning that way," she said.  

The mountain is also a reminder of the unknown of what exactly went wrong that November night. The National Transportation Safety Board has been communicating with Perry throughout the year and has told her their investigation is not yet complete.

"I want to come to the truth; I want to have an understanding of what happened."

When asked what she misses the most about her kids, Perry told us it was their sense of humor. She has them on video tape to help her relive the memories.

"They were very special kids, and they are going to remain in a lot of people's heart hopefully forever." 

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