Two Utah Pilots Injured in Gyrocopter Crash in Glade Park

January 8, 2015
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police tape(Grand Junction Colorado)Authorities in Colorado say crews have rescued two Utah men whose small aircraft crashed in the Glade Park area near the Utah Border, south of Grand Junction. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office says the two were traveling from Telluride, Colorado to Spanish Fork, Utah when their gyroplane crashed near the border about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin says the pilot, 53-year-old pilot Mike Burton of Pleasant Grove, was suffering from back pain and flown to a hospital. The passenger, 30-year-old Josh Humphries of Payson, was taken to an ambulance on a snowmobile. Authorities say rescue crews used night vision equipment and snowmobiles to reach the steep site near Glade Park and got the men out about six hours after the helicopter-like aircraft went down. One of the men notified authorities by cell phone about the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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