SHIPROCK — The Navajo Police Department in Shiprock responded to a report of a small aircraft that overturned at the Shiprock Airstrip.

Navajo Police Department spokesperson Christina Tsosie said an officer responded to the scene at 10:12 a.m. Oct. 23 and reported the single-engine aircraft was occupied by two people.

Tsosie said the aircraft had landed successfully on the pavement but, for unknown reasons, it veered off the runway causing it to overturn.

No injuries were reported, and the cause remains under investigation, according to Tsosie.

The airstrip is located 6 miles south of Shiprock and it is visible from U.S. Highway 491.

Majority of the aircraft rested on the ground and on the west side of the runway, but a portion of its wing laid on top of the pavement.

Farmington resident Craig Mobley owns the Aviat Aircraft.

While waiting at the scene, Mobley said the pilot and he were on a practice flight when the incident happened.

He declined to comment further on the matter.

Tsosie said the police department will assist the Federal Aviation Administration in its review and investigation.

Reporter Joshua Kellogg contributed to this report.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at

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