On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:14 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported plane crash at the Smelter Wash near the San Manuel Airport. The wash is located approximately 2 miles north of the airport.
When deputies arrived on scene they located the plane which had caught fire after crashing.
According to a witness, the plane was being flown by its pilot when the pilot reported over the radio he was having oil pressure problems and was returning to the airport. Suddenly, the plane went into a spin and crashed into a canyon known as Smelter Wash.
Seventy-seven year old Max Wood from Oracle was the only person on board and he was killed instantly.
The plane was described as a single engine Mustang II FB. The San Manuel Airport is approximately 45 miles northeast of Tucson.
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