Plane crashes east of Meeker |

Plane crashes east of Meeker

Craig Daily Press Staff Report
An aerial view of a downed airplane that crashed in Garfield County, east of Meeker Saturday morning. The pilot and his wife, both from Colorado Springs, were uninjured in the incident.
Courtesy Photo

A small airplane crashed Saturday afternoon in Garfield County, about 37 miles east of Meeker, in the Flat

The pilot and his wife, from Colorado Springs, were not injured. The cause of the crash is still being determined.

According to a news release by Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, the department’s communication center received a call from the Federal Aviation Administration that a plane had gone down east of Meeker, in the Devil’s Causeway/McGinnis Lake area.

The plane was a single-engine Cirrus SR22 four-seater aircraft with tail number N5VK. According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the tandem of St. Mary’s and Classic Air were able to land and extract the pilot and one other party and transported them to Meeker shortly before 2 p.m.

Lannie Coulter, of Coulter Aviation, in Meeker, found the downed aircraft so that Classic and St. Mary’s could pick them up, said Blaine Tucker, of Mountain Air Spray in Craig, in an email to the Daily Press.

Due to the quick response and combined efforts of several entities a High Mountain Rescue, the survivors from the downed aircraft made the rescue successful in less than four hours from the time the plane initially was forced to land, stated a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was spotted going down by a pilot of another aircraft in the area, and the other aircraft was able to communicate with the two people on the ground and identify their location, the release stated.

Rescue efforts were immediately put into motion. It was learned that there were only two people on board. The pilot and the passenger were alive and able to move around the plane. By 1:30 p.m. the rescue helicopter reached the site.

“With an elevation of nearly 11,700 feet and ambient temperatures reported at minus 18 degrees, it was fortunate that everything came together quickly for the rescue,” stated the release.

The couple was transported, via helicopter, to a landing site near Meeker. There they were taken by ambulance to an area hospital. There they will be examined for possible injuries and exposure to the extreme cold.

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