- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities in Colorado say crews have rescued two Utah men whose small aircraft crashed in a remote area near Grand Junction.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office says the two were traveling from Telluride, Colorado to Spanish Fork, Utah when their gyroplane crashed near the border about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin says the pilot, 53-year-old pilot Mike Burton of Pleasant Grove, was suffering from back pain and flown to a hospital.

The passenger, 30-year-old Josh Humphries of Payson, was taken to an ambulance on a snowmobile.

Authorities say rescue crews used night vision equipment and snowmobiles to reach the steep site near Glade Park and got the men out about six hours after the helicopter-like aircraft went down.



The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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