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Posted on: May 29, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Second Aircraft Incident in Coconino County in One Day

Page, AZ – On May 28th the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call for an airplane crash near the Navajo Generating Station outside of Page, AZ. At approximately 4:00 pm the Page Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of a downed aircraft approximately 5 miles east of the Page Airport. The passengers of the downed aircraft called via cellphone and reported that only minor injuries were sustained by the pilot.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, National Park Service, Navajo Police Department, and Page Fire Department responded to the area and located the aircraft and passengers. Initial assessment of the pilot and four passengers revealed only minor injuries to the pilot.

The aircraft is a privately owned, dual engine plane out of Nevada. The plane had taken off from New Orleans, Louisiana to Nevada, with planned fuel stops in Texas and Page, Arizona. According to statements received by deputies, after departing Texas the aircraft’s fuel supply expired approximately 5 miles prior to reaching its re-fueling destination at the Page Airport.

Investigation of the plane crash will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Media Contact: Lieutenant Bret Axlund

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