GRAY COUNTY, Kan. - A man from Wyoming was uninjured after the plane he was piloting crashed just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday near the Montezuma Airport in Gray County. 

The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) reported that a Kit Fox 5 Vixen plane piloted by 55-year-old Lester Smothers of Casper, Wyoming was attempting a flight from Meade, Kansas to Casper, Wyoming.

Engine problems arose due to a fuel issue, and Smothers attempted to land at the Montezuma Airport. The plane landed nose-first east of the airport runway. The town of Montezuma is between Dodge City and Sublette in western Kansas.

The KHP indicated Smothers was not injured but went to a local hospital as a precaution.  The Federal Aviation Association is investigating.