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Aug 142013
 

An Overgaard man made a safe landing after his 1967 Cherokee 180 single engine plane lost power during takeoff over the weekend.
At approximately 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, Galen Flinn, 70, was taking off in his plane from the airpark in Overgaard, heading to Scottsdale for business, when he reportedly lost power during takeoff. In an attempt to turn the plane back to land, he clipped a tree with the left wing. Flinn landed the plane 100 feet east of Forest Service Road 51 about a quarter of a mile from State Route 260 in Overgaard. He was the only occupant and was uninjured.
Navajo County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the scene as did Federal Aviation Administration officials from Phoenix. Both agencies are continuing their investigations.

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Galen Flinn was able to land his 1967 Cherokee 180 safely following engine failure at takeoff Saturday.

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office
Galen Flinn was able to land his 1967 Cherokee 180 safely following engine failure at takeoff Saturday.