WEST JORDAN (ABC4 News) – The pilot of a small plane escaped injury after making an emergency landing onto New Bingham Highway just south of South Valley Regional Airport Tuesday morning.
The pilot, identified by West Jordan Police as a 42 year old man from Lehi, walked away uninjured. ABC4 News asked him for an interview but he was not in the mood to talk.
Officer Scott List of the WJPD said the pilot was doing practice takeoffs and landings, known as touch and go’s. He told police that on one takeoff the plane suddenly lost power as it started to climb.
“When he started to gain altitude the engine cut out on him,” Officer List said. “He ended up crashing here on New Bingham Highway and skidding across the road.”
The rough landing ripped the plane’s wheels off but fortunately the aircraft didn’t hit any cars on the heavily traveled highway. The pilot emerged without even a scratch.
“We’re happy that he’s not injured, he’s not claiming any injuries, that no cars were hurt,” Officer List said. “I mean, to walk away from a plane crash is a good thing. It’s a good day.”
Apparently not such a good day for the man identified as the owner of the plane. He made several obscene gestures toward our camera.
ABC4 News has learned that the plane is registered to Cavorite Aviation, a flight school based at the airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.