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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 airport.

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 released.

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.

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Information from: Mohave Valley Daily News, http://www.mohavedailynews.com

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