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July 26, 2014

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Pilot shot himself before crash at Laughlin/Bullhead City airport

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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  1. One good airplane with a gun could have prevented this. America, we're not gun crazy....we're gun stupid.

  2. I didn't realize anyone here cared that he offed himself, I certainly don't. We are way too overpopulated as it is....mainly with idiots.

  3. We all die. He chose to take his own life. I am supposed to feel what exactly? I hope he didn't have anyone that depended on him, because he left them high and dry. If not, then what is the problem? People generally off themselves over trivial things like money or status. Sucks to be them.