Pima County, Arizona — October 15, 2012
A man from El Centro, California died when a small plane went down in the Tucson Mountain District Monday night.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Office reports James Lloyd Thompson, 57, was killed in the wreck, which occurred sometime around 9 p.m. as he made his way from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Benson before returning home to El Centro. No one else was on the plane went it crashed, the report says.
The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing to investigate the cause of the wreck.
The Federal Aviation Administration reports that 268 fatal general aviation crashes occurred in the United States in 2010, resulting in 457 deaths. In 2001, 325 fatal crashes were reported, leaving 562 people dead. The rate of fatal general aviation accidents per 100,000 flight hours has fallen from 1.28 in 2001 to 1.14 in 2010. General aviation pilots logged just 22 million flight hours in 2008, compared to 29 million in 1999.
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