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2 men injured after small plane crashes in Arizona

RIMROCK, Ariz. — Two men from Lakeside have been injured after the small
plane they were in crashed at the Rimrock airport.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials said witnesses reported that the
single-engine aircraft was making a takeoff maneuver when it went down in
terrain below the level of the runway about 7:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said weather conditions were poor at the time with rain and low
clouds.

Pilot Ronald Manette, 61, and 48-year-old
passenger Grady Hillis were found conscious inside the Mooney M20F plane
and transported by ambulance to Flagstaff Medical Center.

They were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the plane was headed.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board
will investigate the cause of the crash.

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