Breaking: Pilot executes emergency landing east of Eagle County airport

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A small plane crashed Friday afternoon just east of the Eagle County Regional Airport.
Pam Boyd |

A private aircraft crashed just east of the Eagle County Regional Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. The pilot was the only person on board and is uninjured, according to a release from Kris Friel, Eagle County communications director.

The pilot said he was cleared for final approach and was executing a “base turn” when he lost his engine. After determining he couldn’t make the runway, the pilot declared an emergency and landed on McGregor Drive, the release said. During the emergency landing, the aircraft clipped a light pole and sheared off the left wing of the plane.

The aircraft is a six-person Cessna Centurion. It was based in Telluride and was enroute to Eagle County from Montrose, the release said.

Responding agencies included Eagle County Airport Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle County Paramedic Services and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

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