Pilot Survives Montrose Plane Crash

A pilot has been rescued after his Cessna Model 172 plane crashed in a remote section of Montrose County Wednesday night. The Montrose County Search and Rescue units set out late Thursday afternoon by snowmobiles and a snow cat to locate the stranded pilot.

The aircraft's emergency locating transmitter was detected several times between 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night and the Montrose County Sheriff's Office began to coordinate a search Thursday morning.

The Civil Air Patrol and a member of the Sheriff's office began surveying flights over the Uncompahgre Plateau area Thursday morning, but overcast conditions hindered visibility. Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon, helicopter pilot Mark Young radioed he had located the small aircraft and could see a survivor.

The crash occurred in a remote canyon south of Rasberry Mountain and unfortunately for the pilot, the aircraft was in a location that did not allow an immediate rescue. The pilot, whose identity has not been released, was the only person involved in the crash. He was uninjured and has been taken to Montrose Memorial hospital for a routine check.
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