Oregon man crashes small plane in Arizona desert
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Mohave County, AZ (KTNV) -- A private pilot received minor injuries after crashing his plane into the desert on Sunday morning.
The crash happened about three miles north of the Mesquite Airport and about two miles into Arizona.
The Beaver Dam Fire Department received a call from the pilot after the crash. He did not know his exact location but was able to tell the fire department he was on top of a mesa and that he was north of the airport.
A search began and the downed plane was spotted by Mercy Air. Crew members were able to direct Mohave County Sheriff's deputies and paramedics to the crash site.
Charles Louis Rosenfeld, 65, of Sunriver, Oregon, sustained two minor lacerations on his forehead. He was the only person on the plane. Rosenfeld reported that about three miles into his flight, he noticed a vibration and then an engine surge.
When he reduced throttle, he noticed that the plane's propeller was gone. He crashed soon after.
The plane is a 1946 Engineering and Research 415-C fixed wing, single engine.
The FAA and NTSB will be conducting an investigation.