Two people were seriously injured after a small plane went off a ledge at the end of a runway at the Sedona Airport in northern Arizona, Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Sedona Fire District spokesman Gary Johnson says the plane dropped about 200 feet into a tree-covered slope off the runway’s south end about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Johnson says the pilot and two passengers were extricated from the crash and all three survived.
One of the survivors was airlifted to a hospital in Flagstaff, while another was taken by ambulance. Both were reported to be in serious condition. The third person was treated at the crash scene.
Federal Aviation Administration officials say the single-engine Mooney M20J was arriving from Henderson, Nevada.
While the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of this crash, Sedona area residents are questioning the safety of all air traffic in the area. Locals have made claims of in-flight jet fuel dumping, as well as an unusually high number of aviation accidents concentrated in and around Sedona.
One Sedona resident has even set up a website http://www.closetheairport.com to document all of the airport-related health risks and incidents dating back several years.