GALLUP, N.M. (AP) – A pilot and two passengers are uninjured after their single-engine plane crashed on a vacant field near Grants.
The Gallup Independent reports that the plane was on its way to Utah when it crashed Monday evening, causing a small fire that was extinguished in about 30 minutes.
Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace says that when the plane took off from the Grants-Milan Municipal Airport it would not gain altitude and the engine was sputtering. As the pilot tried to land in the field, the left wing clipped a tree, spinning the plane sideways and catching fire.
The plane had stopped for fuel and the occupants grabbed a bite to eat.