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Pilot dies 6 weeks after fiery Northern Ariz. crash

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Posted: Sunday, December 28, 2008 10:11 pm | Updated: 10:27 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PHOENIX - A Texas pilot who survived a fiery plane crash that killed his two passengers last month in northern Arizona died Sunday at a Phoenix hospital, authorities said.

Rocky Herring, 51, died at the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman.

He had been transferred to the burn unit shortly after the Nov. 13 crash on a forested mountain near Sedona.

Herring was the director of Orange, Texas-based Wings of Promise, Inc. — a medical transport service that owned the single-engine Piper Cherokee involved in the crash.

Herring crawled out of the wreckage and told authorities that the plane's engine lost power for unknown reasons.

Authorities said the two passengers who died were Herring's uncles — Michael Johnson, 66, of Phoenix and Tom Johnson, 64, of Kountze, Texas.

The three men were returning to the Phoenix area after making a sightseeing flight to northern Arizona.

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