A small plane crash in a field near the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport in Wyoming is revealing details about the craft’s connection to Moab. According to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, no fatalities occurred in the Nov. 15 crash, though three passengers were injured and taken to a local hospital.
The crash involved a 1981 single-engine Cessna T207A registered to Slickrock Air Guides, a company with addresses in Price and Moab.
The aircraft, listing tail number N9825M, also bears a Redtail Air Adventures logo. Phone numbers and addresses connected to Slickrock now direct callers to Redtail facilities in both Price and Moab.
Requests for comment to Redtail Air were not immediately returned, though record checks with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show that the plane’s tail number is registered to an address in Price, though Judd Hill the director of Canyonlands Field Airport, said the airplane is registered as an aircraft in Moab as well.
According to Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport Manager Devon Brubaker, the Cessna was taking off from the airport when it crashed, reportedly due to mechanical issues. In a release from the Bureau of Land Management, the three passengers included a U.S. Geological Survey staff member, a BLM range technician and a member of the Rock Springs Grazing Association.
This is the most recent accident to befall a craft in the Redtail fleet; in December 2016, Redtail employee Donald Ruble was killed when the Quest Kodiak he was piloting clipped a high voltage line after takeoff from Canyonlands Field. Ruble was en route to Salt Lake City at the time of the accident and was killed on impact.
The cause of the Wyoming accident remains under investigation by the FAA and the NTSB.
Details in this story were shared by editorial staff from Sweetwaternow.com.