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Pilot shot himself before crash at Arizona airport

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. — Authorities say a man flying an experimental plane
fatally shot himself moments before the plane crashed at a northwestern Arizona

Bullhead City police on Monday identified the pilot as 44-year-old Thomas
Joseph. They say he lived in Yavapai County, but his hometown wasn’t immediately

Police say an autopsy showed Thomas died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to
the head.

Authorities say he was the only person aboard the plane that crashed about 7:30
a.m. Saturday near the runway at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport near
the Arizona-Nevada border.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.


Information from: Mohave Valley Daily News,


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