2 seriously injured in plane crash at Sedona Airport

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by Jason Volentine

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Posted on October 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 6:52 AM

SEDONA, Ariz. -- Two people were seriously injured in a plane crash at the Sedona Airport Tuesday afternoon.

The pilot was coming in for a landing at about 2 p.m. but didn't like the approach so he pulled up to go around again. He cleared a fence at the end of the runway but couldn't get enough lift and the plane crashed into the ravine below the airport.

There were three people inside the small plane. The pilot, Mortiz Konrad, received minor injuries and was able to walk away from the crash. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The two passengers, identified as Florian Riedl and Joern Boettcher, sustained serious injuries. One spent an hour and a half trapped inside the wreckage before being rescued by an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter and airlifted to a hospital.

According to officials with the Sedona Airport, the three survivors are German tourists who rented the four-seater plane in Phoenix.

"It's really lucky that all three of them are alive and breathing, and it's a miracle that one of them was able to walk up the hill," said Rod Propst, general manager of the Sedona Airport.

Normally, the Federal Aviation Administration or the National Transportation Safety Board or both would investigate, but not this time due to the federal government shutdown.

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