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Pilot, dad walk 15 miles for help after AZ plane crash

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WILLCOX, AZ (CBS5) -

A pilot and his father walked 15 miles for help after their landing gear, propeller and wing were damaged during a landing in a remote area in southeast Arizona Sunday.

A rancher feeding his cattle notified authorities after seeing a plane with significant damage in one of his pastures near Wells and Ashcreek roads, 30 miles northwest of Willcox.  

Fourteen sheriff's volunteers from Cochise and Graham counties located the crash site. A short time later, A search and rescue coordinator with Graham County found the pilot walking down a road.  

The 39-year-old pilot had left his 77-year-old dad at a house and was walking to another home to call for help.

The pair told investigators they tried to land in the remote area to camp and go deer hunting but the landing gear struck a rock hidden in the tall grass, damaging parts of the aircraft.

They walked a few miles then set up camp for the night.

At daylight Monday, they continued out of the mountains.

Neither the pilot nor his father was injured. They are both from Tucson.

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