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Pilot survives after crashing a plane near No Name trailhead

John Stroud
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The pilot and lone occupant of a small plane that crashed above the No Name trailhead Saturday afternoon survived, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The pilot, whose name was not released, was brought out safely by Garfield County Search and Rescue personnel shortly after dark, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis said.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 1:49 p.m. Saturday of a distressed aircraft in the No Name area, near the west entrance to Glenwood Canyon.

Search and Rescue was activated in an attempt to locate the downed Cessna 172 Skyhawk, a single-engine, high-wing fixed-wing aircraft. The crash site was about three miles up the Jess Weaver Trail, above the No Name Spring trailhead.

The surviving pilot was the only person on board the aircraft at the time of the crash and is reported to be talking and mobile at this time, McGinnis said. No other information about the pilot was provided.

The survivor was transported to an unidentified medical center for treatment

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Assisting the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue on the incident were a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officer, Vail Mountain Rescue, a Colorado National Guard Unit out of Eagle County (HAATS) and the Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District.

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