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Posted on: September 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Fatality Plane Crash in Paria Plateau

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Jon Paxton, CCSO PIO 

Phone: 928-774-5089 

Page, AZ - 

On September 22 at approximately 5:30 pm the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Paria Plateau area west of Page AZ. Deputies from the Page and Fredonia Substations responded to the report of a private aircraft crash involving one fatality and one survivor.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Page Airport that a plane originating from San Martin, CA had crashed while on approach to the Page Airport.  Exact location was unknown as the reporting party was a friend who had received the call from the surviving passenger, but the location was believed to be in the Paria Plateau area.  Initial information stated the pilot had been killed in the crash and the passenger injured. 

With assistance from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center the last known location on Radar was attained.  With an approximate location Classic Air out of Page, AZ launched and was able to locate the crash site.  Once on the ground Classic Air requested a second aircraft to help with patient extrication.   Classic Air confirmed the Pilot Jim Petersen deceased and Uta Petersen injured.  Uta Petersen was flown to St, George Utah Hospital by Classic Air.  Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter from Kingman AZ, along with a Deputy out of Fredonia AZ, flew to the crash site to investigate the scene.   Mr. Petersen was flown to Marble Canyon where he was transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff, AZ.  

 The FAA and the NSTB are investigating the scene and cause of the crash. 

 The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Classic Air, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Page Airport and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance in this incident.  No further information is available at this time.


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