An Oklahoma man who had just purchased a plane had a forced landing near Rock Springs Friday. Sweetwater County Sheriff's Detective Dick Blust said that Phillip Prigmore, 66, of Alva wasn't hurt.

Hard landing near Rock Springs:

"Prigmore flew into the Rock Springs Sweetwater Airport Thursday night, refueled, and spent the night. He took off at about 9:58am on Friday and climbed to an altitude of about 7,300 feet, when he encountered engine trouble."

Detective Blust said the 1968 Cessna Cardinal didn't fare as well.

Short taste of the air:

"He made an 80-knot forced landing about one mile northeast of the runway, from which he emerged unhurt. The aircraft, however, sustained serious damage."

Blust said that Prigmore had purchased the plane just the Thursday before the Friday incident. Federal Aviation Administration officials were notified and will investigate the hard landing.