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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 4 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Lucky there weren't kids playing soccer.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

Time for airspace restrictions for these kit plane flyers.
Last month one crashed at an elementary school.

Murray, UT

I have played at these fields many times and so have my kids, I've always wondered when this would happen. It was a good thing there wasn't a game let alone a tournament when the entire complex is packed.

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

No need for airspace restrictions. No need to close the airport either.

The airport was there before the houses, parks, and soccer fields.

I you don't want to be near the airport then don't move near it or build a house near it. Simple as that. The airport is home to some military ops anyways.

If they close the airport, people will complain of the increased time for takeoff and landings at the SLC Int'l airport. SLC airport will become more crowded with ground traffic.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Portland Trail Blazers

Just because the airport was there before the soccer fields doesn't mean that it's OK for planes to nosedive into them. Kennecott was there before the airport but that doesn't mean they can shoot down planes.

I agree - no need to restrict airspace or close the airport. But maybe it's time to place tighter controls on the type of aircraft that can operate out of Airport 2. I don't see why aircraft that come in a box being piloted by amateur pilots is a good idea in populated areas.

Nampa, ID

Seems like a lot of planes crashing these last couple of years. I don't know about closing down airports, but someone needs to check on the flight schools in the area letting all these guys fly and crash.

Phoenix, AZ

Maybe that is a bad place for an airport?

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

Take a deep breath, pilots. I wrote, "Time for airspace restrictions for these kit plane flyers." I am specifically concerned about those kit planes, those classified as experimental.
They are unpredictable and not well-inspected. Owners may do as they please, but lets keep them out of populated areas.

Kaysville, UT

Ok let me get this straight... When you moved near Airport #2 you didn't notice airplanes and helicopters taking off and landing??? So now that you have noticed it you want it moved???

The mayor says "it's a good thing it didn't happen on Saturday"? Well, I think it's a good thing I wasn't in the plane. I think it's a good thing it didn't get into the air and crash in my house in Davis County.

Conjecture and fear mongering won't accomplish anything. It happened and one probably really nice guy was killed and one probably really nice guy was seriously injured. No one else was hurt. Period. The end.

My condolences to the family of the pilot and my best regards and well wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured passenger.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Brave Sir Robin,

I doubt the pilot intentionally nose-dived into the soccer field... but Portland Trail Blazers still has a point- If you don't want to live near an airport (risk wise), don't move next to one that's already there.

I could see a 'airports closer to residential or populated areas require such and such level of pilot license, or hours of experience' (as often is required with aircraft laws). However, there are always more details to a crash than we generally know as the public. So I don't claim to have any real knowledge of what should happen.

I personally think airports should be farther from city's myself. Commute is luxury, not necessity. In my eyes, a little extra drive (what others who live farther do every day) won't kill anyone. Safety for the city is absolutely necessary. That's just my take anyway.

Is it odd to anyone else besides myself, that Salt Lake City owns an airport in West Jordan?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Actually, experimental aircraft (homebuilts) are inspected more thoroughly than factory built planes. And if drivers of automobiles had to meet the strict standards pilots must meet, and take biennial "driving reviews" every two years as we must for flying, our highways would be much much safer.

To say nothing of the strict aircraft maintenance regimen. An annual inspection that literally tears the aircraft apart, checks every piece of it and then reassembles it would eliminate about half of the cars on the road.

Before we close any airports or limit pilots even further than is already the case, let's clamp down on unsafe drivers and vehicles.

Bountiful, UT

I haven't heard yet about this pilot, but the one who crashed into the elementary school was very experienced. I wouldn't be surprised if this were the case this time, as well. So please don't be judgmental or refer to them as "amateur pilots".

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

Get serious people, no one who moves near an airport should have an expectation that little kit airplanes are buzzing around and crashing! Lets get real here!

Does your house front a road? Should you have an expectation that cars are going to loose control and crash into your home?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Strange priorities!

All the excitement at two separate and unrelated aircraft crashes is amazing.

Some folks are suddenly bothered by the "dangers" of aircraft (of any type) coming from an airport that has been there for almost 70 years, which has resulted in how many deaths or injuries?

The same people are NOT campaigning to close down all the highways in their neighborhoods, or to ban automobiles. How many kids and adults have died in auto related accidents in the area in the last 70 years? Heck, how many kids have been run over in their own driveways, or crossing streets during that time?

Too often emotional responses and the tendency of the news media and politicians to "do something" in response to every event results in bad decisions and bad laws.

Leave the airport, let the planes fly, but be more careful driving back and forth in the area and the death rate will decline.

one old man
Ogden, UT

"Does your house front a road? Should you have an expectation that cars are going to loose control and crash into your home? "

Yes, you should. It happens very, very frequently doesn't it?

Farmington, UT

When West Jordan City decided to build the soccer fields at that location it was because the ground was cheap, the City Shops were right next to it, and the City Managers at that time always took the path of least resistance. (Maybe thay still do, who knows?) At any rate, the airport was there decades before the soccer fields. So the decision was made by the City, not any aviators or aviation officials.

Salt Lake City, Utah

I'm sorry to hear of another airplane crash. However it is necessary to keep things in perspective. Far more people are killed in car crashes than are killed when an airplane goes down. We don't close down the roads when that happens and we shouldn't consider shutting down or moving that airport.

Lehi, UT

It amazes me of the knee jerk reaction of some of these people. This airport is under the approach and take off of Salt Lake City airport. I have more confidence in pilots than I have in the average Utah driver. Reality Check!!
Accidents unfortunately occur in every human indeavor.

Just an old guy
Centerville, UT

I am sorry that we have had another death involving an aircraft crashing into a neighborhood. As others I am glad no one on the ground was hurt. Any call to move the airport is probably a knee-jerk reaction. A thoughtful consideration of that idea would yield a reasoned conclusion of where? When the existing airport was built, I would guess over 50 years ago, it was in the sticks. The growth in the valley has encroached on what was a remote area. So if you move it, assuming you can find a place to move it to, how long will it be until the "move it" cry is again raised? As unpleasant as it is to us, risk is part of life. I would venture to say that more people will die in home fires within a 10 mile radius of that airport than will die from an aircraft crashing into a home or homes. Or a child will die in their own driveway as a result of an over burdened, over worked rushing family member. We cannot eliminate all causes of potential danger, we can only live with them as best as we can.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

To all those criticizing the previous comments. I found nothing to criticize. Saying 'maybe we need restrictions, or maybe this, or that' is just... "maybe". The point, no one is crying out "Down with pilots!". We're just making remarks about what some feel may help. Those opinions to me are welcome.

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