2 escape injury after single-engine plane crashes into car in Utah
ROY, Utah — Two people escaped major injury after a single-engine plane crashed into a car while making an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
The crash occurred near 4500 South and 1900 West shortly before 1:40 p.m., Roy Police Sgt. Matt Gwynn said. Emergency responders found the plane on fire and a vehicle that had been struck when they arrived on scene.
The pilot of the plane, a 63-year-old man, was removed from the plane and transported to the hospital as a precaution. The driver of the vehicle, a 43-year-old woman, was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, Gwynn said.
“It’s a violent scene but everyone’s OK,” Gwynn said. “(The pilot) was walking. I believe he needed to get help out of the plane but he was talking to our investigators. He was talking to our paramedics.
“Usually in a case like this, you would expect someone to be injured and we’re happy that was not the case today.”
The cause of the crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, Gwynn added. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the plane was a Beechcraft airplane and the pilot attempted an emergency landing about one mile southwest of the airport.
The crash was witnessed by several individuals, including Cami Hess, who said she was walking out of a gas station convenience store when she saw the plane struggling to gain altitude.
“I watched the plane and it was going like this,” she said, moving her hands into a motion that the plane was wobbling, “and I was like ‘that plane is going down’ and the next thing you hear is the boom and the fire everywhere.”
Police said 1900 West is closed from 4400 South to 4800 South while authorities investigate the crash and clear the scene.
The crash is the second involving a plane taking off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport in less than two months. Four people were killed on July 26 after the plane they were in crash into I-15 in Riverdale.
This article was originally published by KSL.com. It is used here with permission.