RIMROCK - Two people were seriously injured after they tried to take off in their small aircraft in poor weather conditions at the Rimrock Airport on Wednesday morning.
Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District, Sedona Fire District and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash of a single-engine airplane off the west end of the runway at 7:50 a.m.
The low-wing single-engine Mooney M20F had hit the ground below the level of the west end of the runway. When crews hiked down to the site, they found two people inside the aircraft. They were conscious and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including broken bones. MRFD ambulances transported them to Flagstaff Medical Center.
The two remained conscious during extrication from the plane and extrication up the hill to the ambulances.
According to MRFD, the aircraft suffered significant damage, but there was no fire. Weather conditions at the time of the crash were rainy with low clouds.
YCSO has identified the pilot as Ronald Manette, 61, from Lakeside, and his passenger as Grady Hillis, 48, also from Lakeside.
YCSO contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board for investigation into the crash.