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Two Utah Men Survive Gyroplane Crash In Mesa County


Tuesday night a gyroplane crashed in Mesa County.

Utah residents Mike Burton, 53, and Josh Humphries, 30, were on board the aircraft when it crashed in a remote area near Glade Park.

Emergency officials say Burton, the pilot, was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction via Careflight for medical treatment. He was complaining of back pain.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says Humphries initially declined medical attention, but was later taken by ambulance to St. Mary's for care.

The two men were heading for Spanish Fork, Utah when the gyroplane crashed on private property.

Heather Benjamin with MCSO says after the crash one of the men called for help using a cell phone.

"Careflight got a visual from the air," Benjamin says. They were able to pinpoint the crash location and then send in snowmobile rescue members."

Benjamin says the crash was reported to the FAA, which will lead any investigation. 

In October a separate gyroplane crash in Mesa County killed two people.

A gyroplane looks like a helicopter, but it has a propeller that powers it. 

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