Local men walk away from Texas plane crash

An airplane with seven men from western Colorado careened off a runway after landing in the Texas panhandle Monday morning, sending four passengers to a hospital.

The Amarillo Globe-News reported Ronald Rouse, 66, of Hotchkiss, was piloting a 1981 Cessna 425 when it went off the runway about 8:40 a.m. at the Hemphill County Airport.

The newspaper’s report said a tire on the plane’s landing gear was destroyed when it touched down. Rouse took the plane back into the air briefly, and down again for a hard landing.

The airplane veered off the runway and came to a stop in a nearby field.

Clint Barnes, 38, of Fruita, Daniel Spalding, 27, of Palisade, and Sean Reid, 29, and Hugo Moreno, 49, both of Grand Junction, were treated for injuries at a local hospital, according to the report.

Rouse and Gregory Powell, 30, and Brian Clapper, 40, both of Grand Junction, were not injured.

The report said the plane is owned by Crown Supply Co. of Grand Junction, an oil field services support firm.

Jeremy Wilson, Crown Supply’s general manager, said the four injured men all were released with minor bumps and bruises.

The airplane departed Grand Junction Regional Airport on Monday morning.

The men were headed to work on oil and gas rigs in the area, Wilson said.


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