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Dec 5, 2012 7:04 PM by Ian Cross

Officials identify Tucson pilot killed in plane crash near Yuma

TUCSON - Yuma County Sheriff's officials have identified the pilot that was killed in a plane crash last week as a Tucson woman.

Denise Jeanette McCracken, 49, died from injuries sustained during the crash, which occurred on November 24 near the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range southeast of Yuma.

The single-engine plane was found by U.S. Border Patrol agents last week, about 15 miles south of Interstate 8 and 50 miles southeast of Yuma on the Air Force's Barry Goldwater bombing range.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says searchers had been looking for a Piper Cherokee that took off from Tucson on Nov. 23. The pilot's husband reported her missing and a search was launched.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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