Single Engine Plane Crash at Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport

November 15, 2017

Redtail Accident 11-15-2017

ROCK SPRINGS, WY ─ Operations are running normally after a small aircraft crashed while approaching Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport (RKS) at approximately 3:00 PM on November 15, 2017. The single-engine Cessna 207 was resting alongside HWY 370 approximately 2 miles from the airfield when airport’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighters arrived on scene. There were four passengers including the pilot onboard at the time of the accident. Three passengers were transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.

The airport remained open throughout the response and no operations were affected. Several mutual aid response agencies respond to assist the airport’s aircraft rescue fire department including City of Rock Spring Fire Department, Sweetwater County Fire District #1, City of Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Sweetwater County Sheriff, Bureau of Land Management, and WYDOT,

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

About the Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport

The Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport is a commercial and general aviation airport serving Southwest Wyoming and is located 7 miles east of Rock Springs in Sweetwater County. It is owned and operated by the Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport Joint Powers Board representing both the City of Rock Springs and Sweetwater County. Serving over 40,000 commercial passengers and thousands of general aviation flights annually, the airport generates an annual economic impact of over $27 million to the local community and $31 million to the State of Wyoming.