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Father and Son Survive Plane Crash

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BILLINGS -

A father and son walked away from a plane crash Saturday morning, which occurred just inside the eastern boundary of Yellowstone National Park.

61-year-old James Betzhold and his 25-year-old son Douglas, from Alaska, were bound for Boise, Idaho when they fueled up in Cody yesterday afternoon.

According to the Park County Sheriff's Officer, the first call of the Piper 180 single-engine aircraft being overdue came just after midnight.

Search and rescue crews were able to locate the aircraft nearly 1,500 yards south of Highway 14, due to the plane's transmitter, around 9 AM Saturday morning.

Park County Search And Rescue Commander, Martin Knapp, praised James and Douglas for staying with the plane until help arrived.

Knapp says many times, people survive catastrophic incidents in the back country, only to succumb to the elements when they try to make their own way out.

Both James and Douglas are being treated for minor injuries at the West Park Hospital. The exact cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

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