Pilot survives plane crash near Pinetop


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on November 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 6:54 PM

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HOLBROOK, Ariz. -- Navajo County authorities said a pilot survived a plane crash northeast of Pinetop Friday morning.

Robert A. Wolff, 61, of Durango, Colo., was traveling to Mexico when his plane suffered a catastrophic oil failure about 8:30 a.m., according to the Navajo County Sheriff's Office.

The 2005 Cirrus Super SR22 fixed-wing single-engine plane went down in a wooded area off of Forest Service Road 45 (Porter Mountain Road) in the Sitgreaves National Forest.

After the crash, Wolff used his cellphone to call the Federal Aviation Administration to report the crash. Sheriff's deputies and detectives responded to the area and located the pilot and plane.

Wolff was transported to an area hospital for medical evaluation.

Aerial video shows the upside-down plane with a deployed parachute attached.

The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System is standard equipment on every Cirrus aircraft, according to the company's website.

The plane is registered to Durango Development Inc. in Durango Colo.

The FAA will investigate the crash.