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Pilot injured in Cache County plane crash

HYRUM, Cache County — A 40-year-old Utah pilot was hospitalized Thursday with injuries he suffered when his single-engine plane crashed in Blacksmith Fork Canyon.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, sustained injuries to his legs, arms and face. He was conscious at the time a medical helicopter arrived and took him to a hospital on the Wasatch Front, said Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen.

No one else was in the plane when it crashed.

The crash occurred in a rugged, heavily wooded area near Hardware Ranch, east of Hyrum about 10:15 a.m. Thursday, according to Jensen.

He said the pilot never called in for help. Another pilot saw it go down and told authorities.

"The only way we got notified was from the other pilot who had witnessed the crash," Jensen said. The plane remained mostly intact, but had a broken wing.

Investigators could not immediately pinpoint a cause. Jensen said the Federal Aviation Administration was made aware and planned to send representatives to the scene.

Jensen said he did not know the plane's destination.