Utah plane went down during takeoff after reportedly sitting for months
(KUTV) – A pilot and a driver were not seriously injured after a small plane crashed during takeoff at the Ogden Airport in northern Utah.
According to Roy Police, the 63-year-old male pilot and a 43-year-old female driver were taken to the hospital for evaluation after the collision.
The owner of the plane, sold weeks ago, told 2News that it had not been flown for months, prior to the crash.
The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. near 4500 South 1900 West. Roy police said federal crash investigators had arrived at the scene Tuesday afternoon and were piecing together the scene.
Witnesses at the scene told 2News it appeared the pilot was trying to land on the roadway.
“If the car wasn’t there, he would have been able to land,” witness Jay Barnes said. “One wheel hit the car, spun the car around, spun it around, burst in to flames as soon as it hit the ground.”
Investigators closed 1900 South between 4400 and 4800 South. The wreckage of the plane was hauled away around 6 p.m.
FAA records show the plane was a 1972 Beech A24R, fixed-wing, single engine plane.
2 News contacted the registered owner of the plane at his office, just a couple of hours after the crash.
He said he no longer owned the plane and sold it just two weeks ago. He indicated he'd never flown the plane and it just sat at the airport for close to two years until he sold it two weeks ago. Because the sale happened so recently, FAA records did not yet reflect the name of the new owner.
Another source said the plane had been in fact sitting at the Ogden Hinckley airport for many months. The day of the crash was the first time in a long time somebody was seen with the plane.
Our crew in Roy will have a report on 2News at 9 on KJZZ and at 10 p.m. on KUTV.