ROY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The National Transportation Safety Board says mechanical issues and a partial loss of engine power, shortly after take off, caused the plane to go down right on top of a moving car.
It happened September 12th on a clear day. Dramatic video of the crash was captured from a restaurant surveillance camera from Tuscany Garden.
The single engine Beechcraft had recently been inspected. The NTSB says the pilot took off from the Ogden Airport on September 12th to practice touch and go landings but when it climbed to 200 feet, the pilot noticed the engine was not producing power. The pilot tried everything he could but the plane ultimately slammed into Sammie Sandoval’s car on 1900 West.
Luke Draayer, Brother of driver, “the plane had actually hit the back of her car. I believe it hit the car before it hit the pavement and it caused her car to spin around and face the opposite direction.”
Sandoval’s brother says her sister was trapped inside her burning car. But nearby Roy employees got her out. Seconds later her car burst into flames.
Luke Draayer, “it’s a miracle. That’s the only way I can chalk it up that way. Someone was watching over her.”
The pilot also escaped the burning inferno. Both pilot and driver walked away with only minor injuries. Sammie had only broken pinky.
“It’s hard for her to put it in words or myself to put it in words but you don’t hear of someone hit by an airplane and just walking away with a broken pinkie,” said Draayer.
The NTSB recovered the plane and will investigate further.