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