Two Aircraft Crash Over Holiday

Two Aircraft Crash Over Holiday

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The holiday weekend was marred by separate accidents involving two aircraft with mechanical problems.

Three people were injured.

A couple crashed their lightweight airplane into Gunnison Reservoir, two miles west of Manti.

And a tour helicopter en route to Grand Canyon was forced to make a hard landing.

Sanpete County sheriff's dispatcher Joe Bennett says the experimental plane lost engine power and slammed into Gunnison Reservoir. It was hauled out and taken to an impound yard.

The pilot, a 26-year-old man, was taken by a medical helicopter to University of Utah Hospital. The woman passenger was taken by ambulance to Gunnison Valley Hospital.

Bennett says their injuries weren't life-threatening.

The tour helicopter was flying from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon when it was forced down on the shore of Lake Mead, landing on its tail rotor.

National Recreation Area spokeswoman Roxanne Dey says one of six passengers, an injured woman, was flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

The other tourists and the pilot were okay.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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