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Wisconsin man, daughter survive plane crash


ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man and his daughter have survived a single-engine plane crash in a remote part of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park officials say 54-year-old Jim Michaels and his 18-year-old daughter Tonie suffered minor injuries when their plane crashed just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

They used trees and debris from the plane to build a shelter while waiting to be rescued. Park rangers reached them Friday morning. They were brought down from the wreckage in a helicopter.

"It's an incredible survivor story and it's a happy ending that we are happy to be able to share with the public. This is not a common ending for plane crashes, certainly not in the Rocky Mountains and certainly not in this terrain," said Kyle Patterson, a park spokeswoman.

They took off from Oconomowoc on Wednesday and were planning to fly to Aspen and Telluride before returning home.

Michaels owned the 2009 American Champion plane.

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