Silverton man has minor injuries after crash at Animas Air Park

Members of Durango Fire & Rescue Authority help at the scene of a single-engine plane crash northwest of Animas Air Park, south of Durango. The pilot was the only person onboard, and he was not injured. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

Members of Durango Fire & Rescue Authority help at the scene of a single-engine plane crash northwest of Animas Air Park, south of Durango. The pilot was the only person onboard, and he was not injured.

A pilot escaped serious injury Tuesday after crashing a small experimental plane near the Animas Air Park south of Durango.

The crash was reported about 11:20 a.m. by Gregg Flying Service, the fixed-base operator at the airport, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal with the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority.

The pilot was identified as a 49-year-old Silverton resident by Sgt. Sam Eggleston of the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, but Eggleston was unable to release the pilot’s name. The pilot was the only person in the aircraft.

DFRA Battalion Chief Mick Stowers said the pilot may have had some minor injuries, including a “bump on the head,” but he declined to be taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center for treatment or observation.

It appears the pilot was coming in for a landing, possibly from Tucson, Ariz., Hanks said.

The crash occurred about 300 yards northwest of the runway, she said. The plane came to rest in thick piñon and juniper. A helicopter from Mercy helped rescue workers on the ground locate the wreckage.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Eggleston said the National Safety Transportation Board will investigate the crash, but it will probably be a few days before they are on the ground here.

Herald Staff Writer Ann Butler also contributed to this report.

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