Pilot uninjured after plane crashes, breaks in half near Lake Havasu City

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – A pilot was uninjured after his plane crashed north of Lake Havasu City over the weekend.

Sheriff's deputies responded to an emergency landing of a personal aircraft in the Havasu Heights area shortly after noon on Saturday.

According to Trish Carter with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, the plane was seen flying extremely low and then out of sight followed by a large dust cloud.

Carter said deputies found a 1964 twin jet engine fighter jet that was broken into two pieces.

Michael Perry, 54, of Chino, California, was the only occupant. He told deputies that he was coming from the Grand Canyon and heading to the Lake Havasu Airport for fuel when his plane lost power while traveling over Havasu Heights.

Perry said he spotted a runway and attempted to make an emergency landing.

Carter said Perry landed his plane on the privately owned airstrip, but the plane skidded sideways and crashed off of the end of the runway then broke in half before coming to a rest.

Perry said that there was some fuel in the tanks.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.