A small aircraft flown by a Phoenix pilot crashed in Tonto National Forest Saturday afternoon.
Yavapai County sheriff's deputies said the Phoenix pilot and Glendale passenger had landed at a dirt airstrip to hike, about 10 miles north of the Horseshoe Dam. [Click here for a map of the location.] When they returned to the plane and attempted to take off, runway ruts caused the pilot to clip a tree with one of the wings, according to YCSO.
The wheels hit some brush and spun the aircraft, which had heavy damage.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said the 51-year-old pilot and his 44-year-old passenger were concerned about potential fire following the crash about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and called for help.
Because of the rough terrain, a DPS Ranger helicopter out of Phoenix was called to rescue the men. Neither were hurt in the crash.
The NTSB is investigating.
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