By Johanna Love Jackson Hole Daily
The pilot of a small experimental aircraft is OK after his plane crashed near Bryan Flat Road in the Hoback Canyon.
Law enforcement officers were called to the scene a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday. The small yellow single-engine tail-dragger has the tail number N44CP, which is registered to Charles Peet.
Teton County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Staynon confirmed that Peet was reported to be piloting the plane when it crashed, marking the second time the plane, with Peet flying it, has gone down in the area.
Nearly five years ago, on June 28, 2013, Peet crashed his experimental plane as he was taking off from the grass strip at his ranch, the Grumpy Moose, right where Wednesday’s crash happened. In a 2013 Jackson Hole News&Guide article, Peet’s wife, Marty Peet, said he had been flying since about age 15, and he was reported to be 80 then.
“I’ve led the luckiest life of any man in the world,” he said in 2013. “You can’t imagine the things I’ve been through.”
Emergency officials said Peet was bumped and banged up, but otherwise OK and alert with no obvious life-threatening injuries. An ambulance transported him to St. John’s Medical Center.
Teton County sheriff’s Deputy Lloyd Funk said Peet “said it was a mechanical malfunction.”
Staynon said the National Transportation Safety Board plans to send an investigator to the crash site.
— Tom Hallberg contributed to this report.