Look Back in Time: In 1984 a Boeing B-52G plane crashed into Hunts Mesa. 2 of the 7 crew members were killed in the accident.
Uranium Mining on Hunts Mesa
There were two significant mines located on top of Hunts Mesa. Although Hunts Mesa is an inhospitable and difficult location to reach the copper-uranium deposits were large enough to warrant the extraction and building of a road to the summit.
The deposits or channels were named Hunts Mesa No. 1 and No. 2. The first channel was believed to be 300 feet wide by 50 ft deep. The second was smaller at 50 feet wide by 20 feet deep.
On the night of October 16th 1984 a routine low elevation training mission was flying over Monument Valley. The plane experienced intermittent snow and flew into the west side of Hunts Mesa clipping an engine and a portion of its wing. On board the B-52G Stratofortress, 6 of the 7 crew members were successfully ejected from the plane. Sgt. David W. Felix, 1 of the 6 ejected had a malfunction with his parachute and died upon impact with the ground. Col. William L. Ivy went down with the plane died upon impact. The remaining 5 crew members were extracted by helicopter. Parts of the 225 ton plan are still visible on Hunts Mesa. The majority was cleaned up by a military crew 1 year later.