Canadian couple escape serious injury after experimental plane crashes in northern Arizona

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MARBLE CANYON, Arizona — Authorities in northern Arizona say a Canadian couple escaped serious injury when their small plane crashed near the Cliff Dwellers Airport in Marble Canyon.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials say the experimental Super Bushmaster LS180S aircraft was approaching the airport's landing strip Sunday afternoon when a wind gust caused the plane to lose altitude and hit the sandy terrain.

They say a 62-year-old female passenger was taken by ambulance to a Page hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Her 65-year-old husband was the pilot and didn't need medical assistance.

The names of the couple from North Vancouver, British Columbia weren't immediately released Monday.

Authorities say the aircraft was extensively damaged, but didn't catch fire.

The crash is being investigated by the Sheriff's Office, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

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