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Plains, Texas — April 30, 2013

Federal officials were involved in the arrest of two people on drug trafficking charges after a Tuesday plane crash at the Yoakum County Airport.

The Yoakum County Sheriff’s Office stated that 50-year-old pilot Gregory Thomas and 66-year-old passenger Dorothea Cangelosi were carrying about 160 pounds of marijuana after the plane lost altitude and crashed onto its belly after takeoff Tuesday evening.

The Beechcraft Bonanza plane stopped 50 yards past the runway and it is not known if there were any injuries.

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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