2 hurt in crash of small plane at Rimrock Airport in N. Arizona

RIMROCK, AZ - Two people were injured when their small plane crashed off the end of a runway in northern Arizona Wednesday morning.

Fire Chief Terry Keller with the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Distric said personnel responded just before 8 a.m. to a report of a single engine airplane off the west end of the Rimrock Airport runway.

The Mooney M20F had crashed just below the level of the runway, Keller said.

He said the aircraft had significant damage. There was no fire after the crash.

Keller said weather conditions were poor at the time of the incident, with low clouds and rain.

Two people were found conscious inside the plane and were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said neither had life-threatening injuries.

The pilot was identified as 61-year-old Ronald Manette from Lakeside, Arizona and the passenger as 48-year-old Grady Hillis, also of Lakeside.

He said the crash happened during takeoff from the airport.

The NTSB has been notified of the incident and will conduct an investigation, D’Evelyn said.

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