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Teen Solo Pilot Walks Away from Remote Wyo. Crash

Rich Denison, Townsquare Media

MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A teenage pilot whose plane went down in a remote part of northwestern Wyoming during her first cross-country solo flight escaped with just some bruises.

The Park County sheriff’s office says 17-year-old McKenzie Morgan of Billings, Mont. got lost while flying from Greybull to Fort Smith Tuesday and crashed in a rugged part of the Shoshone National Forest near the abandoned mining town of Kerwin.

Two men out scouting elk on horseback saw the Cessna 172 go down and called for help. One of them met up with Morgan as she was walking out.

Morgan’s mother says her daughter is unable to talk about what happened until she speaks with investigators. She’s proud of her daughter and says she managed to land the plane but then it flipped.

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