The pilot of the aircraft told authorities there was no longer a propeller attached to the plane when he crashed. (Mohave County Sheriff's Office)
MESQUITE, NV (FOX5) -
A pilot of a small single engine aircraft escaped major injury after crash landing outside of the Mesquite Airport in Arizona.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff's office, the pilot, Charles Louis Rosenfeld, 66, of Sunriver, Ore., contacted authorities Sunday after crashing in a desert area three miles north of the airport.
Rosenfeld told emergency responders he was on top of a mesa when he crashed, according to the sheriff's office.
A helicopter crew was able to find the crash site and directed first responders to the scene, which was about two miles north of the Nevada border into Arizona, the sheriff's office said.
Rosenfeld sustained only two minor lacerations on the forehead. There were no other people onboard.
Citing Rosenfeld, the sheriff's office said the pilot noticed a vibration and an engine surge while in flight. Rosenfeld also told authorities he reduced throttle but saw there was no longer a propeller on the aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to investigate the crash involving the 1946 Engineering and Research 415-C fixed wing aircraft.
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