Plane crash in Marble Canyon on Sunday

640-plane-151005-96MARBLE CANYON, Arizona — On Sunday, October 4th at 2:50 p.m. the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a plane crash near the Cliff Dwellers Airport in Marble Canyon, Arizona.

A resident in the Cliff Dwellers area reported hearing a plane engine before hearing a loud thud. She looked towards the airport and saw dust.

A 65 year old male and 62 year old female from North Vancouver, British Columbia were attempting to land at the Cliff Dwellers Airport. Upon approach to the landing strip, they experienced a wind gust which caused their experimental Super Bushmaster LS180S Aircraft to lose altitude coming into contact with the sandy terrain prior to reaching the runway.

The female passenger was transported by ambulance to the Page Hospital with minor injuries while the male pilot did not require medical assistance. The aircraft was extensively damaged.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Aviation Administration, and National Transportation Safety Board.