Emery County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
A call came into Emery County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 9:48 a.m. today stating that a small plane had crashed short of the Mexican Mountain Airstrip in a remote area of Emery County. Two Utah men were uninjured in the crash. The pilot was a 57-year-old man from Heber City and the passenger was a 59-year-old man from Park City.The men were visiting remote airstrips in the area.
The pilot stated that the plane stalled as they were approaching the runway and the plane made a hard landing. Point of impact was 173 feet short of the runway and the plane skidded 41 feet until it came to a halt. Significant damage was done to the homemade plane which was built 18 years ago. The wheels were snapped off, the propellers broke off and both wings were bent.
A Guardian Air helicopter was dispatched from Price, and another that was already in the area also responded. The men were transported to the Price airport by Guardian Air. ECSO personnel and Search and Rescue personnel responded to process the accident scene. The FAA and NTSB were notified. The Mexican Mountain Airstrip is 16 miles east of Swinging Bridge, a state historical site, on the San Rafael Desert.