Plane Buzzed Horses in Holding Pens
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why a private plane was flying low over the corrals where wild horses were being rounded up Sept. 16 in the Spring Creek Basin in San Miguel County, Colorado.
A Cessna 182D circled the gather site from afar at first, but flew ever closer as bands of mustangs were herded into the corrals.
On one occasion, the plane passed directly over and close to the helicopter conducting the roundup.
The helicopter pilot landed his craft as a precaution at least two times when the Cessna entered the area. The gather for the day was called off early.
Mike Fergus, a spokesman for the Northwest Mountain Region of the FAA in Renton, Wash., confirmed Friday that an investigation of the incident is under way.
“We can’t say anything while the case is open,” Fergus said.
The result of the probe could be two days, two weeks or two months away, Fergus said.
It’s unclear who was flying the plane the day of the roundup.
The Cessna was identified by its tail number N8881X as belonging to Don Colcord of Nucla.
Colcord owns the plane, but it was loaned out the day in question, said a woman who answered the telephone at the Colcord residence.
No one from the Bureau of Land Management, which conducted the mustang roundup that ended Sunday, can comment, Shannon Borders, a BLM spokeswoman, said Thursday.
Fifty-three mustangs were corralled.
Twenty-five horses will be offered for adoption Saturday at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. The remainder will be sent to the BLM long-term holding facility near Cañon City, Borders said.
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