SEDONA -- As an airshow was underway at the Sedona Airport Saturday, an experimental F-1 Rocket made a crash landing on Chavez Ranch Road below the mesa.
The two occupants of the plane both received non-life threatening injuries. The pair were identified by the Yavapai Sheriff's Office as 65-year-old Robert Coester from Gilbert, and 71-year-old Charles McCurry from Pennsylvania.
The single-engine plane, owned by McCurry, lost power on its final approach to the Sedona Airport. Coester told authorities that McCurry, an experienced pilot of 34 years, took control of the aircraft, made a banking maneuver and pointed the aircraft in a southerly direction. The older pilot was able to land the aircraft in a safe area on Chavez Ranch Road but the plane suffered heavy damage during the landing.
The Arizona man was ground transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center in stable condition with head injuries and a broken left ankle. The pilot was ground transported to the Sedona Medical Center where he was subsequently air lifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center with multiple facial fractures, facial lacerations and contusions to his lungs.
NTSB and FAA have been notified and will be conducting the investigation. The cause of the crash is under review. The plane had flown from Chandler to Prescott earlier and was in the process of flying to the Sedona Airport when it went down. The plane has since been removed from the crash site.