- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a pilot who died after his small plane crashed in woods near the Flagstaff airport had just picked up donated blood from a community blood center.

Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say the victim of Tuesday night’s crash has been identified as 76-year-old Homer “Mac” McClure.

They say he picked up donated blood from the United Blood Services in Flagstaff about 9 p.m. and took off from Pulliam Airport nearly 15 minutes later.

Residents in the area reported hearing the plane crash shortly afterward.

Authorities say the twin-engine plane went down about 5 miles southwest of the airport and left a debris field of more than 200 yards.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

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