Posted 12:50 PM 10/15/2012 : Investigators comb wreckage for clues on fatal plane crash
TUCSON - Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are currently going through the wreckage of a small private plane that crashed in the Marana desert last night, killing the pilot.
Border Patrol agents were contacted by Federal Aviation Administration at about 8:30 p.m., reporting that they had lost contact with a single-engine aircraft, according to authorities at the scene.
Border Patrol sent out a black hawk helicopter, which located the crash site near West Avra Valley Road and Marana, News 4 Tucson's Nathan O'Neal learned from investigators at the scene.
According to Pima County Sheriff's Department official Deputy Thomas Peine, they found, "a small, private, single-engine airplane - as far as we can tell there was only one occupant on the aircraft, and the person did not survive the crash."
Investigators are now looking through debris to figure out what happened to the plane.
Tune in to News 4 Tucson this afternoon for a full report.
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