News Plane Crashes — 17 November 2017

Three people were taken to the hospital after a small plane crashed around 3 p.m. Wednesday while approaching the Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport, according to a highway patrol news release.

None of the injuries were life threatening, Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Kyle McKay said. He said one person had suffered back injuries, but could not give any more details.

The airport’s aircraft rescue firefighters arrived on scene to find the single-engine Cessna 207 resting near Highway 370 about 2 miles from the airfield, according to the release.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

According to an FAA spokesman, the plane reported a sputtering engine while approaching the airport. The pilot made an emergency landing on the highway where the plane came to rest in a ditch.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, according to the spokesman.

Four passengers were on the plane including the pilot. The release said that the plane was surveying and counting wild horses for the Bureau of Land Management prior to the crash.

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