One dead, another injured in a plane crash west of Page | Navajo Hopi observer

Originally published: September 23, 2021 12:58 PM

PAGE, Arizona – A pilot was killed and his passenger injured after his private plane crashed west of Page, Arizona on September 22nd.

At around 5:30 p.m., the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a report of a private plane crash in the Paria Plateau area west of Page.

Page Airport reported that a plane from San Martin, California, crashed while approaching the airport, according to CCSO.

The exact location was not known as the reporting party was a friend who had received a call from the surviving passenger. According to initial information, the pilot was killed in the crash and the passenger injured.

The last known location of the aircraft was reached with the support of the Air Force rescue control center. After reaching an approximate location, Classic Air took off out of page and was able to locate the crash site.

Once on the ground, Classic Air requested a second plane to help free the patient.

The pilot Jim Petersen was pronounced dead and the passenger Uta Petersen was injured. Uta was flown to St. George Utah Hospital by Classic Air. Jim Petersen’s body was flown to Marble Canyon before being transported to the Coconino County Medical Officer office in Flagstaff.

An Arizona DPS Ranger helicopter from Kingman, Arizona, along with an alternate from Fredonia, Arizona, was flown into the area to investigate the scene.

The crash is also being investigated by the FAA and the NSTB.

CCSO would like to thank Classic Air, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Page Airport, and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance with this incident.

Information from CCSO

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