Peabody plane crash-lands

By Bill Donovan, Special to the Navajo Times, FEBRUARY 28, 2008

An aircraft belonging to Peabody Western Coal Co. crash-landed at the Black Mesa airstrip on Jan. 22.

No major injuries were reported but five of the 14 passengers in the plane were treated for minor injuries at nearby hospitals. All have been released.

According to police, the plane was coming from Flagstaff and brining Peabody employees to a mine site on Black Mesa. The company operates the Kayenta Mine and presides over the closed Black Mesa Mine as well.

The airfield was snow-packed and visibility was “mild” at the time, the police report said.

When the pilot landed, the plane began skipping in the snow and lost traction. The plane slid for about 75 yards and hit a muddy area, where it lost its front wheel.

The craft then plowed through a boundary fence, causing damage to both wings, the fuel tank and propellers.

Because some fuel leaked out, police informed Navajo Nation Protection Agency officials.





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