Kingman man survives plane crash in Yavapai County

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SELIGMAN, Ariz. -- The pilot of a small plane survived a crash near Seligman early Monday morning.

Shortly before 1 a.m., Randy Donnarumma, of Kingman, called the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office to report his single-engine prop plane had crashed.

According to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn, Donnarumma said he had a head injury and was bleeding and very cold.

D'Evelyn said the 56-year-old pilot was unable to tell his location other than to say it was possibly near an airport.

A Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter crew and a medical helicopter team were notified to help locate the crash site.

Dispatchers eventually established GPS coordinates from Donnarumma's cell phone and relayed the information to the DPS helicopter.

The Ranger crew also discovered an emergency beacon miles north of the Seligman airport and found the crash site just after 2:30 a.m.

D'Evelyn said deputies found Donnarumma alert and conscious as he was assisted from the wreckage.

At the time of rescue, Donnarumma reportedly thought he was in the area of Boulder City, Nev., his original destination after flying out of Kingman.

Donnarumma was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. He received numerous stitches due to the head injury and is recovering.

According to D'Evelyn, the aircraft involved is made by Aerostar Aircraft Corporation of Texas – 1971 Model M20E.

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials will investigate the cause of the crash.