Plane crashes at Glenwood Springs airport; no one hurt |

Plane crashes at Glenwood Springs airport; no one hurt

A single engine Cessna TR 182 crash-landed about 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport.

The pilot, who was not identified by police, was treated and released at Valley View Hospital. His passengers, a woman and a teenage boy, walked away from the crash.

The pilot picked a good day to make a bad landing, since an Idaho helitack crew for the Coal Seam Fire was stationed at the airport. A foam truck and four emergency medical technicians were stationed at the airport to support the helitack crew, and immediately rushed to crash site, said helitack crew boss Jay Hankin.

The high-wing plane was landing to the north, but bounced a few times when it first hit the runway, said Ryan Warne, a helitack crewman who witnessed the crash.

The plane drifted off the left side of the runway into the grass and its left wing struck a tree, said pilot Gregg Rippy, of Glenwood Springs, who was also at the scene.

Warne and fellow helitack crew member Kyra Ames just saw a cloud of dust after that.

The plane spun 180 degrees and skidded into a trailer loaded with snowmobiles owned by Cardiff resident Dave Force.

Glenwood Springs emergency crews rushed to the scene, and an ambulance transported the pilot to Valley View Hospital. The foam truck driver and firefighters doused the wreckage and drained fuel from the plane’s gas tank into five-gallon buckets, preventing a fire or explosion.

The 23-year-old plane was most recently purchased in November 2001 by Simon Acquisitions LLC of Boulder, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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