Pilot walks away after plane crash in Montrose

MONTROSE, Colo. (KDVR) – A pilot was able to walk away from his downed plane Sunday morning with only minor damage after his plane crashed in Montrose County.

63-year-old Randy Boykin sent an emergency signal over the radio, which was picked up by another private plane. The Boykins 2010 Zenith CH 750 crashed on the Uncompahgre plateau, where it was located next to the other private jets.

Boykin’s plane was found upside down in the snow.

Randy Boykins 2010 Zenith CH 750, upside down on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Credit: Montrose Sherriff Office 1/4/2022

The other pilot was able to give rough coordinates of the downed plane to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office before flying to Montrose Regional Airport.

Care Flight of the Rockies was able to locate the crash site and throw snowshoes to Boykin, who went out to meet Care Flight. Boykin sustained no major injuries.

“Mr Boykin did an excellent job of trying to land the plane in an area free of trees or other hazards. We are very grateful to our partners and the private pilot who overheard the first emergency call in the successful rescue of Mr. Boykin. Boykin, ”said Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Commander Ty Cox.

Boykin later told the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office that his plane had a mechanical problem that caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an accident investigation.


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