Investigator Norm Wiemeyer of the National Transportation and Safety Board will file a report on the collision of two planes that occurred at the St. George Municipal Airport last Friday.
No injuries were reported in the 5 p.m. accident. A SkyWest Metroliner II carrying six airport officials was heading down the runway about 80 mph when it careened onto a taxiway. The speed of the oncoming plane had slowed to only about 15 miles per hour when its wing tip struck the front of a United Parcel Service van, then the plane spun into a single-engine Cessna.The pilot of the Cessna, Dan Stewart, an employee of Sun Time Aviation, was startled by the oncoming plane and jumped out of the cockpit to avoid injury.
Preliminary reports of the accident say the nose wheel steering system apparently failed on the 17-passenger plane. Wiemeyer has up to six months to conduct his investigation, which will be released to the board's Washington, D.C., office.
The accident was the second mishap involving SkyWest planes within two weeks. In late January, two Metroliners collided on a ramp at the Salt Lake International Airport.