4 walk away from crash at Big Piney/ Marbleton Airport

Airport board president Phil Stevens said he was watching about 3 p.m. as the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin engine, turbo-prop plane went into a 180-degree spin, veering off the runway. When he got to the plane the two couples inside were not injured. He said the weather was clear at the time of the crash and the condition of the runway was 50 percent snow packed and 50 percent bare runway. “We got them inside and the family they had planned to visit over the holidays picked them up,” Stevens said. “It took about 40 minutes.” The 1980 fixed-wing aircraft is registered to Pickett Aviation, LCC., in Brownsboro, Ala.The following day the Sublette County Unified Fire Department was called for standby as the plane was removed. According to public information officer Mike Petty, the fire department was there to establish a perimeter. “There was substantial damage and one of the two fuel tanks was completely off,” Petty said. The Sublette County Sheriff’s Department reported the plane had a broken wing. Stevens declined to release the name of the pilot, but said he has already returned to the airport to meet with the insurance adjuster. No report was posted as of Thursday with the National Transportation Safety Board or the Federal Aviation Administration.


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