2 men injured in Sedona plane crash identified

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Authorities have released the names of the two men injured in a small plane crash in Sedona Saturday morning.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, 71-year-old Charles McCurry, of Pennsylvania, and 65-year-old Robert Coester, of Gilbert, were flying in McCurry's home-built single-engine F-1 Rocket when it lost power near the Sedona Airport.

McCurry, an experienced pilot of 34 years, reportedly took control of the plane and made a banking maneuver directing it in a southern direction. He landed the plane in a safe area on Chavez Ranch Road.

The plane sustained heavy damage.

Coester was transported by ground ambulance to Verde Valley Medical Center in stable condition. According to the sheriff's office, he has a broken ankle and head injures, but the injuries are not life-threatening.

McCurry was transported to Sedona Medical Center and then airlifted to Flagstaff Regional Medical Center. The sheriff's office said he suffered multiple facial fractures, facial lacerations and contusions to his lungs, but was listed in stable condition.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash.

The plane has been removed from the crash site.

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