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Ex-mayor of Aztec dies in plane crash

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Former Aztec Mayor Michael Arnold was killed after his plane crashed on take-off this morning, state police say.

Arnold, 62, was the pilot and only occupant of the plane. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board is en route for an official investigation.

Arnold was the airport’s manager. He also served as mayor from 1998-2001 and from 2004-08.

The crash happened about 11 a.m. Saturday at the Aztec Airport.

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