At 10:56 a.m. on August 28, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a plane crash blocking traffic on Hwy 64 between the town of Tusayan and the southern entrance to the Grand Canyon.

Deputies, along with Forest Service, National Park Service and Department of Public Safety Officers, responded to Hwy 64 close to milepost 236, at the northern end of the town of Tusayan. Reports indicated the plane was blocking both directions of the highway and was upside down.

Once on scene, officers found a single engine plane upside down with one occupant, the pilot Andrew Dutzy, a 24-year-old male. Dutzy is an employee of Paragon Skydiving Company located at the Grand Canyon Airport.

Dutzy was treated on scene by Tusayan Fire Department personnel and flown to Flagstaff Medical Center with neck and back injuries by Guardian Medical Transport.

Investigators learned, according to Dutzy, that he was returning to the airport when he initiated a left turn to start his approach, and the engine died. When Dutzy could not get the engine to restart he attempted to land on Highway 64. While attempting to land, Dutzy’s right wing struck a light pole, causing him to crash and flip over. No other vehicles or persons were involved in the incident.

The investigation is still ongoing and no further information is available at this time.