Plane misses runway, skids off road

Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies and several men who crashed in a small plane stand along R Road on Monday. The pilot tried to land at Mack Mesa Airport but missed the runway, skidding off the road below. No one was seriously injured.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the single-engine plane is registered to Trans Med LLC out of Casper, Wyo

Occupants of a single-engine airplane were OK after apparently missing Mack Mesa Airport, flying over a ridge, attempting to land on R Road and narrowly missing power lines about 5 p.m. Monday.

Nobody was seriously injured, according to authorities.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were on board.

The pilot of the Cirrus SR22 appeared to have missed the runway, touched the plane down on R Road, skidded through vegetation on the road’s south side and come to rest with the plane’s nose heading north in rural Mack.

The gray and black, fixed-wing Turbo GTS plane landed in Sheila Emerson’s front yard.

“If I would have been home, I probably would have had a heart attack,” she said from her front porch, looking out at the plane burrowed into the sagebrush at the end of her driveway.

“I just thought it was a matter of time before it happened,” she said, looking up toward the airport which is about a quarter-mile away, but obstructed by a ridge.

“They were very lucky guys. I’m just glad it’s not in the house.”

Emerson said she learned there were three people on board. Residents in the area slowed to see the out-of-place sight, stopping in their trucks to snap photos on their cellphones.

Initial reports indicated the plane went off the end of the runway at the airport, located at 1048 R Road.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department posted on its Facebook page shortly before 6 p.m. that the aircraft “didn’t quite have the landing they expected. Everyone walked away. Thankfully!”

Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is registered to Trans Med LLC out of Casper, Wyo.

Mesa County sheriff’s searchers assisted by a helicopter already were in the area Monday searching for a missing man, Roger Vigil. The 74-year-old, who was reported missing Sunday night, hadn’t been located by Monday night.

“Been an unusually busy day for us on the west end of the County. Must be a Monday,” read another post on the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.


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