Posted: Aug 21, 2013 11:39 AM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 21, 2013 11:49 AM
BILLINGS - A 17-year-old Billings girl making her first solo flight crashed near Meeteetse, Wyoming and walked away with only minor injuries.
The plane went down Tuesday afternoon in a rugged area of the Shoshone National Forest.
McKenzie Morgan was operating a Cessna 172 aircraft for a multi-city training flight that originated in Laurel. This was her first solo plane flight.
According to a press release from the Park County Sheriff's Office, after a stop in Greybull Wyoming, she became disoriented and ended up southwest of Meeteetse.
Two men from the Casper, Wyoming area were nearby on horseback scouting elk for the upcoming hunting season. They called 911 to report a plane they just witnessed go down.
The 17-year-old was able to exit the aircraft. The two men on horseback were able to take her to the rescue team who was in the process of setting up a search.
A Park County Sheriff's Deputy said if it wasn't for those two hunters, the girl might have been stranded for hours.
She was treated for minor injuries by ambulance crews and was taken to a hospital in Cody as a precaution.