News Plane Crashes — 20 April 2017

A Cessna airplane crashed into a field at 8371 CR 160 in Salida Wednesday evening, causing damage to the plane and irrigation equipment but no injuries.

Chaffee County sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident shortly before 8 p.m.
Deputy Jesse Sanderlin said only the pilot was in the aircraft and was not injured in the crash, which Sanderlin said appeared to be due to engine failure.

The plane came to rest in the field on its wheels, facing north near a broken fence and severely bent irrigation equipment.

The Federal Aviation Administration will come to the site today to investigate the crash, Sanderlin said.

The plane did not take off from the Salida airport prior to the crash, Sanderlin said.
Sanderlin said the sheriff’s office will release more information today.

The field at 8371 CR 160 is the location of the planned Longhorn Ranch subdivision, and the land is owned by Ron and Jo Jones, according to a public notice posted on the property.

According to FAA records, the plane is a 1960 Cessna 210 fixed-wing, single-engine, 260-horsepower aircraft with four seats.

Robert P. Gray of Moab, Utah, owns the plane, according to FAA records.

Text on the side of the plane reads “Skydive Canyonlands,” and the plane is shown in photos posted online by a Moab-based skydiving business with the same name.

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