Thursday, February 07, 2013

Yampa Valley Airport (KHDN), Hayden, Colorado: Aircraft on landing fuel exhaustion and rental car slid off road

Steamboat Springs — A pilot cut it a bit close Wednesday night after the plane he was flying immediately ran out of fuel upon landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, according to airport Manager Dave Ruppel.

Emergency responders first were informed about a possible aircraft emergency at 6:18 p.m. Wednesday. Ruppel wrote in an email that the private plane was bound for Steamboat Springs Airport but was unable to land because of weather and was diverted to YVRA in Hayden. The plane made a powered landing at YVRA but ran out of fuel while taxiing off the runway. The runway was closed momentarily, but the pilot was able to restart the plane and taxi off the runway.

“The whole process only took a few minutes,” Ruppel said.

The pilot’s night became a little more eventful after he picked up a rental car. Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said he contacted the man after his car subsequently slid off the road.


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