Two occupants of a single-engine, personally-owned, airplane are safe after a forced landing in the mountains east of McNeal on Thursday, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s office.
The 55-year-old pilot and his teenage male passenger were about seven miles away from the airport and over the Swisshelm Mountains when a down draft forced the pilot to make an emergency landing, authorities reported.
The pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger was uninjured. The pilot contacted Tribal Air Airport about the incident and informed staff there that he and the teen were going to walk to the nearest roadway to be picked up by airport personnel.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be notified of the accident, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.