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Student pilot walks away from totaled plane

Published: Thursday, March 28 2013 10:16 p.m. MDT

A plane crashed at the Provo Airport on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The student pilot was not injured.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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PROVO — A student pilot walked away from what one instructor called one of the worst crashes he has seen.

Thomas Bahr, instructor at Spanish Fork Diamond Flight Center, said the plane was totaled but the student was uninjured when the two-seater craft crashed before 3 p.m. Thursday at the Provo airport. The student had completed extensive training and between 10 to 15 hours of flight time prior to Thursday's lesson, Bahr said.

The student, identified only as a 26-year-old Spanish Fork resident, was attempting his second landing of the day when the plane bounced and lost control, possibly due to a gust of wind, Bahr said.

The flight school has had other incidents, but Thursday's crash was one of the most serious incidents they've dealt with, Bahr said.

Provo Fire Capt. Tom Torgersen said no fuel was leaked and no additional hazards were present after the crash. The student was out of the crash and walking around when crews arrived on scene.

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