Glade Park Gyrocopter Accident

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625 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Phone: 970-549-5858   FAX: 970-549-5810

News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Duncan Brown, Battalion Chief (970) 549-5900

Date: January 6, 2015

Address: Glade Park

Alarm Type: Aircraft Crash

Time Dispatched: 5:25 P.M.

Time on Scene: 6:12 P.M.     


Glade Park Fire Department, Grand Junction Fire Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, Mesa County Search and Rescue, and St. Mary’s Careflight responded to report of a plane crash in a remote area of Glade Park  after an initial call to Delta County Dispatch. The initial call was made from a person in the aircraft. Initial reports indicated a single aircraft crash with one person on board.   The caller was able to provide an approximate GPS location of the crash. After further information was received, it was determined the aircraft was a two person gyrocopter type aircraft with two persons on board.

Glade Park Fire Department established a staging area at the Glade Park Fire Station. Glade Park Fire responded from staging and requested St. Mary’s Careflight to perform a search using night vision equipment to search for the persons involved in the crash. Careflight was able to locate the crash site, but was unable to land due to the location of the crash and the surrounding terrain. The location of the crash site was in a remote, steep area with many canyons and valleys, approximately 12 miles southeast of the Glade Park Fire Station.

Glade Park Fire and Mesa County Search and Rescue started a ground rescue effort utilizing snowmobiles to access the site.   Snowmobiles were required due to heavy accumulations of snow on the ground. A ground rescue team accessed the crash site and began treatment and removal of both crash victims. At 10:15 p.m., the ground rescue team established a landing zone and requested Careflight for transport of one victim to the hospital. At 11:10 p.m. the second victim was moved to a waiting ambulance via snowmobile and transported to the hospital.