Small plane crashes; 1 slightly injured

Single-engine Cirrus skids on runway at Steamboat Springs Airport

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— A single-engine Cirrus airplane crashed at Steamboat Springs Airport at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

No one was seriously hurt.

The plane skidded on the runway as it landed, Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner said.

The pilot tried to do an emergency takeoff but instead went off the end of the runway, smashing into snow and flipping upside down, Coyner said.

Four people were on the plane, and one person sustained minor injuries, Airport Manager Mel Baker said. No one was hospitalized.

He did not have the names of the people on the plane, who flew from Denver to ski.

Baker said that the runway had been plowed and that it had icy patches. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, he said. That agency gave Steamboat airport officials permission to have the plane moved.

"The airplane was intact enough," Baker said. "It wasn't in pieces or anything like that. We just needed to get it turned right side up, and we picked it up."

Although the passengers were mostly fine, the four-passenger Cirrus wasn't, he said.

"The airplane sustained some major damage, especially because it flipped over," Baker said. "Because there were no major injuries, the pilot will be filing his report with the NTSB, and I'm sure they'll be interviewing the pilot to find out what his decisions were that might have caused the accident."

Police and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded to the incident. The airport was closed from the time of the crash until just after 4 p.m. Sunday, Baker said.

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