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Plane crashes near Page, Arizona; investigation underway

Page Plane Crash
Posted at 9:41 AM, Sep 23, 2021

PAGE, AZ — An investigation is underway after a plane crashed in the Page, Arizona, area on Wednesday night.

Officials say a single-engine Piper 28 aircraft went down west of Page.

At about 5:30 p.m. the Coconino County Sheriff's Office responded to the Paria Plateau area, west of Page.

Deputies from the Page and Fredonia substations responded to the area for reports of a private aircraft crash involving one death and one survivor.

CCSO recieved a call from the Page Airport reporting that a plane originating from San Martin, California had crashed while heading toward the Page Airport.

The exact location was unknown. The information provided was from a friend who received a phone call from the survivor, but the location was believed to be somewhere in the Paria Plateau area.

Initial information stated the pilot, Jim Peterson, had been killed in the crash while the passenger, Uta Peterson, was injured.

With assistance from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center the last known location on radar was attained.

With an approximate location, Classic Air out of Page launched and was able to locate the crash site.

Once on the ground, Classic Air requested a second aircraft to help rescue the patients.

Classic Air then confirmed the death of Jim Peterson and an injured Uta Peterson.

Uta was flown to St. George Utah Hospital for treatment for unknown injuries.

A DPS Ranger helicopter from Kingman, along with a deputy out of Fredonia flew to the scene to investigate.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the scene and cause of the crash.