Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
ELBERTA, Utah County — Two people were able to walk away with minor injuries after a small plane crashed and flipped upside down near Utah Lake Tuesday.
Kelli Peay, 47, of Mapleton, and Tim Christensen, 53, of Orem, were conscious, breathing and alert after their plane went down around 1:30 p.m. about 17 miles southwest of the Provo Airport, Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.
The plane had taken off from Provo and Peay, Christensen's flight instructor, was helping the man practice stall maneuvers.
"While attempting another stall maneuver the plane lost power," Cannon said. "(Christensen) reported this to Peay, who then took over the controls and attempted to re-start the engine."
Peay turned the northbound plane around to attempt an emergency landing in a field. The airplane landed on soft dirt between state Route 68 and Utah Lake, causing the plane to tip onto its back.
Though the small, single engine plane ultimately rested upside down, both of its occupants were able to walk away from the incident.
"They're both in good condition for having been in an airplane crash," Cannon said.
Both the Provo Airport control tower and one of the plane's passengers contacted dispatchers to report the crash.
Christensen was transported by medical helicopter as a precaution because he apparently sustained a back injury. Peay declined to be taken to a hospital, Cannon said.
In addition to Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah County Fire, investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and medical personnel from Goshen and Saratoga Springs responded to the scene.
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