Residents of Coconino County in Arizona were startled one night to hear a loud crash near their homes. Some of them decided to investigate what caused the explosive sound and were shocked to see a small plane that had crashed. They immediately called emergency services. Within minutes, firefighters and ambulances arrived.
The firefighters came over immediately to kill the fire and to look for survivors. When they got to the burning plane, they were surprised to see a brown dog sitting near it. The pooch looked confused, and when they tried to approach him, the canine bolted. The rescuers didn't think much of it and didn't bother to chase him.
Two humans and a dog
Investigators from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office later learned that two persons and their pet dog were inside the plane. The pilot's name is Jim Petersen and sitting next to him is his wife, Ura. They were joined by their dog, Hudson.
Unfortunately, Jim did not survive the crash. On the other hand, Ura sustained a lot of injuries and had to be rushed to a hospital in Utah. She broke her collarbone, several ribs, sternum, and her nose. Ura had to stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks.
Three days after the crash, investigators returned to the site to look for evidence showing them why the small plane dropped out of the sky. To their surprise, Hudson was near the plane again. Like before, the dog ran away when they got too near. But when they offered him some water, he cautiously approached the humans.
Hudson was tired, hungry, and dehydrated. He couldn't run away anymore. After putting a leash on him, they took him to a vet. Incredibly, he didn't sustain any significant injuries. Coconino County officers cared for the dog until his owner was released from the hospital.
Ura said that she is devastated that her husband is gone. But having her dog back helps her have the strength to move on.
Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety via Twitter