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Pilot, passenger found alive after plane crash

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The search for a missing single-engine airplane ended Wednesday when police found the pilot in Wasatch County.

Beniot Laforst, 21, and Frederick Pernot, 25, crashed in a Piper Tomahawk about seven miles southeast of Strawberry Reservoir about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Laforst managed to walk to a cabin Wednesday, where he called for help, said Wasatch County Sheriff Mike Spanos.Laforst is being treated at the Unitah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt for minor injuries.

Pernot stayed with the plane and waited for help because his neck and back hurt from the crash. "He didn't think he could handle the rough terrain," Spanos said.

Police and paramedics went to the scene of the accident, where Pernot was treated for hypothermia. He was then transported to LDS Hospital by helicopter. He was in fair condition when he arrived Thursday morning, the hospital reported.

Laforst, who was flying the plane, radioed for help as the plane went down. Pilots in a Delta airliner and a Southwest airliner heard the calls and told police, Spanos said. Searchers from three counties looked for the men in the Strawberry and Scofield Reservoir areas.

The men took off from Ogden-Hinckley Municipal Airport Tuesday.

The two men are French nationals. Spanos said he didn't know if they are in Utah on vacation or it they live in the area.