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NTSB: Plane lost power before fatal Arizona crash

PAGE, Ariz. — A single-engine plane on a sightseeing tour of northern
Arizona experienced a loss of engine power before it crashed, killing one
person, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

The pilot of the Cessna 207 had been flying for about 20 minutes over Page on
Saturday afternoon when the engine partially lost power, NTSB spokesman Peter
Knudson said. The pilot headed back toward the airport to land, but the plane
fell about 250 feet short of the runway, Knudson said. The plane carrying six
French tourists bounced and landed upside down amid gusty conditions.

One passenger died after being rushed to the hospital, and another was
seriously injured, authorities said. None of their identities has been released.

Police in Page did not return messages left Monday by The Associated Press.

An NTSB investigator was at the scene of the crash Monday gathering evidence
and plans to talk to the pilot to determine what caused the crash, Knudson said.
A preliminary report is expected within 10 days.

The aircraft was registered to Salt Lake City-based American Aviation Inc.,
which conducts air tours over Lake Powell, the Colorado River, Horseshoe Bend
and Wahweap Marina, according to its website. Chief pilot Bob Logan previously
declined to identify the pilot, citing the NTSB investigation. He did not
immediately return a telephone message Monday.

The pilot and three passengers were treated for minor injuries. The seventh
person was unhurt.


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