Retired AF major injured in S. Utah plane crash

Jul 4 2013 - 11:44am

 

HURRICANE -- A retired U.S. Air Force major is in a hospital after his single-passenger plane crashed near the Hurricane Municipal Airport.

The Spectrum of St. George reports that 74-year-old John Spey was identified as the pilot by Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Hurricane police chief Police Chief Lynn Excell says the pilot appeared to have lost altitude at 4:44 p.m. Wednesday while trying to take off at a local airport. The plane ended up in Frog Hollow Wash.

His condition was listed as serious, and hospital spokesman Terri Draper says he's expected to be transferred to another medical center.

It wasn't clear what injuries the Washington County resident suffered.

 

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