Pilot dies in NW side crash - CBS 5 - KPHO

Authorities ID pilot in fatal crash on NW side

Posted: Updated: Oct 15, 2012 09:32 AM MST
The wreckage is scattered over a wide area in remote desert about four miles south of Avra Valley and Agua Dulce Ranch roads. The wreckage is scattered over a wide area in remote desert about four miles south of Avra Valley and Agua Dulce Ranch roads.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when the small plane he was flying crashed last night on the far northwest side.

According to a news release from the Pima County Sheriff's Department, James Lloyd Thompson, 57, of El Centro, CA, was flying a Piper Model PA-28-151 to California from Las Cruces, NM, after dropping off his family. He had stopped at Benson before crashing about 8:30 Sunday night.

According to a report in the Imperial Valley Press, Thompson was a veterinarian and owned a veterinary clinic in El Centro.

The wreckage is scattered over a wide area in remote desert about four miles south of Avra Valley and Agua Dulce Ranch roads.

The Federal Aviation Administration contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection after the FAA lost contact with the plane.

CBP sent up a Blackhawk helicopter, and the crew located the wreckage.

Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA responded to the scene to determine the cause of the crash.

We will be tracking the latest developments throughout the day on KOLD News 13 and FOX 11 Tucson Now. 

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