A student pilot landed his small plane undamaged in a pasture west of Farmington shortly before noon Thursday after the plane apparently ran out of gas while returning from a training flight.
The pilot, Chris Eyring, 19, Salt Lake City, was not injured in the landing and the plane was undamaged, according to the Davis County sheriff's office.Eyring was returning to Salt Lake Airport No. 2 from a practice flight to Malad, Idaho, when the craft apparently ran out of fuel.
Eyring told authorities the fuel gauge showed a third of a tank of gas but the plane's engine began losing power over the Freeport Center in Clearfield. It then stopped, Eyring said, and he tried to land at the Davis County Fairgrounds but came up short and landed in a pasture north of the fairgrounds.
After FAA inspectors completed their investigation, a flight instructor refueled the plane in the pasture and, on his third attempt, managed a takeoff from the rutted, bumpy ground about 4:30 p.m.