Sheriff's Office releases ID of Sedona plane crash victims identified
The men injured in a plane crash Saturday morning in Sedona have been identified as 65-year-old Robert Coester of Gilbert, Arizona, and 71-year-old Charles McCurry from Pennsylvania.
According to a report from Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the initial investigation indicates the F-1 Rocket brand single-engine plane owned/built by McCurry lost power on its final approach to the Sedona Airport. Realizing the aircraft would be unable to make it to the airport, Coester said McCurry - an experienced pilot of 34 years - took control, making a banking maneuver directing the aircraft in a southern direction. Coester said McCurry was able to safely land the aircraft on Chavez Ranch Road. The aircraft sustained heavy damage during the landing.
Coester was taken by ground to the Verde Valley Medical Center in stable condition with head injuries and a broken left ankle.
McCurry was taken by ground to Sedona Medical Center, and later flown to the Flagstaff Regional Medical Center with multiple facial fractures, facial lacerations and contusions to his lungs. Despite McCurry's injuries, hospital personnel stated he was in stable condition.
The NTSB is investigating.
The plane has since been removed from the crash site.