Ariz. Plane Flips on Landing, Kills Tourist

5 injured in crash after sightseeing tour

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 11, 2014 6:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – A single-engine plane carrying a pilot and six French tourists crashed while landing at a northern Arizona airport, killing one person and injuring five others. The aircraft hit the ground and toppled over near the airport runway amid windy conditions yesterday afternoon in Page, the center of a tourist area about 200 miles north of Phoenix, Page Police Capt. Ray Varner said. "The plane hit the sand and flipped over upside down," Varner said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the Cessna 207 crashed 400 to 500 feet short of the runway. One passenger died after being rushed to a hospital, while another was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center. Varner didn't have injury details but said the passenger was apparently in stable condition. He said four others received hospital treatment for minor injuries and were released, while the seventh person was unhurt. The pilot was among the injured. The aircraft had been on a sightseeing tour, Varner said.

A Cessna 172 airplane flies over a nearly full moon in this Jan. 12, 2014 file photo.
A Cessna 172 airplane flies over a nearly full moon in this Jan. 12, 2014 file photo.   (AP Photo/Daily News, Joshua Lindsey)
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