It’s a bird, it’s a plane? It’s an ultralight making an emergency landing

Photo by Shiny Things, Flickr; Image composite by Brett Barrett, St. George News

Updated Sept. 6, 2012, 3:11 p.m. per additional detail released by Mohave County Sheriff’s Department. Note the Sheriff’s office detail indicates this was an emergency landing not a crash as first indicated.

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – Sometime before 9 a.m. today scanner radio listeners heard chatter indicating there had been a plane crash somewhere in the Mesquite, Nev., Arizona Strip area. Mesquite Police Officer Jeffrey Smith said some inquiries he received even said it was a passenger plane crash.  There was an incident but it was an ultralight aircraft, flown by a solo male pilot, making an emergency landing.

“(The) single person ultralight had engine trouble a few minutes into its flight,” Mohave County Sheriff’s public information officer, Patricia Carter, said. “The pilot had no power and had to put it down in the desert just inside Arizona from the Arizona / Nevada border.”

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident about 7:29 a.m.

Beaver Dam / Littlefield Fire and Rescue also responded and when they arrived on the scene, Smith said, the pilot was walking around. Carter said the pilot had minor injuries, scrapes and a couple cuts, and walked away from the incident.

The pilot has been identified by Mohave County Sheriff’s Department as Jerry Roger Olsen, 71, of Mesquite, Nev.

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  • Murat September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

    What do you expect when you use a lawnmower engine as a means of propulsion?

  • DoubleTap September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

    About the same as how you use your bong for mind expansion….

  • A Pilot October 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    This particular airplane was a challenger II ultralight powered by a hirth F-33 engine designed for recreational aircraft. The Pilot more than likely failed to perform, a proper preflight check of his power plant.

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