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Utah Plane Crash Claims 2 Lives

October 5, 2011

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October 5, 2011

Two people have died in small plane crash in West Jordan, Utah, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The light plane crashed on Tuesday, killing the 40-year-old male passenger at the scene. The plane’s 28-year-old pilot—a resident of Nephi, Utah—died from his injuries very early this morning at University Hospital in Salt Lake City after undergoing hours of surgery.

The fixed-wing, single-engine plane crashed into a field at the West Jordan Soccer Complex near 900 South and 4340 West.

Minutes earlier the pilot had taken off from South Valley Regional Airport. A witness tells The Tribune that he saw the pilot try to gain altitude several times, but the plane never rose higher than 70 feet in the air.

“[The pilot] didn’t gain altitude higher than [a] telephone pole,” the witness said. “The impact was extremely loud.”

The pilot was found alive immediately after the crash, and a medical helicopter took him to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

Of note: The crash happened shortly after a rainstorm moved through the area, though it’s not yet known what role weather may have played in the aviation accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the aviation accident.

Read more.

What do you think may have caused this Utah aviation accident?

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Photo Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

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