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Phoenix-area pilot, 1 other killed in crash of business jet in Georgia

Oct 6, 2021, 9:15 AM
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(AP Photo, File)
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THOMSON, Ga. — Authorities have identified a Phoenix-area man as one of two pilots killed in the Tuesday crash of a business jet in east Georgia.

Raymond Bachman, 73, of Fountain Hills, and 63-year-old Claude Duchesne, 63, of El Paso, Texas, died in the crash, the McDuffie County Coroner’s Office said.

The plane went down Tuesday morning in a field in the Thomson area, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

The aircraft was a Dassault Falcon 20, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a brief statement.

Deputies were notified of a missing plane around 6:30 a.m., McDuffie County sheriff’s Maj. Ronnie Williamson said. They searched the area and found the wreckage in the field, he said.

The plane appeared to have been heading to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, Williamson said.

The plane was flying from Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas, to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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Phoenix-area pilot, 1 other killed in crash of business jet in Georgia