A small airplane bound for Holbrook crash-landed in the desert west of the Safford Airport on Thursday morning.

SAFFORD — On Thanksgiving morning, a flight from the Safford Airport to Holbrook ended on San Juan Mine Road, when the pilot downed his airplane due to mechanical trouble.

The pilot, Steven Maxwell, told Graham County Sheriff’s Office deputies that his plane, a Cessna 182, started losing oil pressure 30 minutes into its flight. Losing control of the propeller, Maxwell made a crash landing approximately a mile down San Juan Mine Road from Airport Road.

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