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Pilot suffers minor injuries in Richfield plane crash

   |  Posted Jun 4th, 2010 @ 12:47pm


RICHFIELD -- An Arizona pilot walked away with a few cuts and bruises after his small plane crashed in Sevier County Friday.

Deputies say the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee went down near the south end of the Richfield Municipal Airport near 190 West and 1100 South around 10:30 a.m. The pilot, Tom Ostrander of Yuma, Ariz., suffered a small cut to his right hand but was otherwise fine.

Ostrander told deputies after completing his pre-flight checks at the airport, he took off from the runway and was attempting to climb when he realized the plane didn't have the power to go higher.

Ostrander said he knew the plane was going down, so he landed in a nearby field to avoid a major crash.

The crash caused damage to the undercarriage of the fuselage, wings and front-end propeller of the plane. The plane also damaged about 20 feet of barbed wire fence in the field where it landed.


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