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Sep 17, 2011 7:26 PM by Trovette Tottress

Plane flies near chopper in wild horse roundup

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) - Federal officials say a small plane flew dangerously close to a helicopter that was rounding up wild horses in southwest Colorado, prompting authorities to postpone the roundup for a day.

The Cortez Journal reports the incident occurred Friday about 75 miles south of Grand Junction. It wasn't clear how close the aircraft were. No injuries were reported.

Wayne Werkmeister of the Bureau of Land Management's Grand Junction office tells the newspaper the incident endangered the
pilot, the wild horses and the public. The identity of the plane's pilot and the plane's registration number weren't available.

A regional Federal Aviation Administration official who declined to give her full name says the incident wasn't reported to the agency. BLM officials didn't immediately return messages left by The Associated Press on Saturday.

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