Man killed in single-engine plane crash identified

Man killed in single-engine plane crash identified

CREATED Oct 15, 2012

Web Producers: Sara WrightRikki Mitchell 

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Pima County Sheriff's deputies told KGUN 9 On Your Side a small plane crashed on the far northwest side of town, near the Tucson Mountains, killing one man.

Deputy Tom Peine with PCSD told KGUN9 that James Lloyd Thompson, 57, was killed in the crash. He was from El Centro, Calif.

A Customs and Border Protection Blackhawk helicopter found the wreck site after the FAA lost radar contact with the airplane early Sunday night.

The crash site was found late Sunday night.

Deputies responded to the remote desert area four miles south of Avra Valley Road and Agua Dulce Ranch Road to investigate the crash.

They learned that the plane was a Piper Model and that Thompson had dropped off family members in Las Cruces, N.M. and then stopped in Benson, Ariz.

He planned to return from Benson to El Centro.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA.