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Pilot 'in good health' after small plane crash in northern Utah

Weber and Rich county sheriff's offices, a medical helicopter and a Utah Department of Safety helicopter responded to a small plane crash in a remote area of Rich County on Tuesday night.

Weber and Rich county sheriff's offices, a medical helicopter and a Utah Department of Safety helicopter responded to a small plane crash in a remote area of Rich County on Tuesday night. (Weber County Sheriff's Office)


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HUNTSVILLE, Weber County — A 41-year-old woman was taken to the hospital but "in good health" after a small plane she was piloting crashed in a remote area in Rich County on Tuesday evening.

Dispatchers got a report of a plane crash east of Ogden around 7:45 p.m. Search and rescue and emergency responders from Weber and Rich counties began the search on snowmobiles and a snowcat, said Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Horton. Two helicopters — a medical helicopter and a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter — were dispatched to the area but at first were unable to make it to the location due to bad weather.

Eventually, the state helicopter found a path to the crash site that was in "a very remote spot" and picked up the wman who had sustained minor injuries, Horton said. The pilot, who had sent a third party a message alerting them to the crash, was "in good health" but was transported to an Ogden hospital as a precaution, he said.

The crash happened in Rich County, 11 miles east of the Monte Cristo campground, Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Colby Ryan said.

The plane is a small, single-engine Beechcraft which is still intact, Horton said. He said the main issue Tuesday night was weather.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.

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Cassidy Wixom covers Utah County communities and is the evening breaking news reporter for KSL.com.

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