ROY — A single-engine plane dove onto a Roy street shortly after taking off Tuesday, smashing a car and sending a wall of flames skyward.
The pilot, 63, and a woman, 43, driving to her hair appointment walked away with only minor injuries, authorities said. Roy police did not release their names and hometowns Tuesday.
The Beechcraft airplane was attempting an emergency landing about 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of 1900 West and 4500 South. It went down a mile southwest of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in a statement.
Roy Shadbolt said he was driving and happened to look up when he saw a plane “wiggling back and forth” and struggling to gain altitude. He pulled over.
“I just looked over my shoulder in time to see him hit that car behind me, just head-on,” he said. “My heart is going 900 miles an hour,” Shadbolt said, moments after calling 911.
Tuesday's plane crash was the second in Weber County in less than two months. On July 26, two couples who took off from the same airport were killed when their plane crashed onto I-15 in Riverdale.
Before taking off, the pilot told air traffic control "I'm not familiar with the area" and asked permission to try a "touch-and-go" landing before leaving northbound, according to their exchange posted on the website Live ATC.
Police said the Tuesday accident on the busy suburban road could have been much worse. The pilot and the driver were taken to a nearby hospital. No other injuries were reported.
The plane clipped some trees and went under a power line, witnesses said. But it looked like it was going to make a smooth landing up until the fiery collision.
Jay Barnes rushed to help the woman get out of her car.
“She didn’t know what happened. It just spun her around,” he said.6 comments on this story
An off-duty Ogden police officer was in his personal car nearby and helped the pilot get to safety, the Ogden Police Department wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
"We are proud of our officers and their willingness to protect and serve the community while on and off duty," the post said. The department declined to make the officer available for an interview Tuesday, saying the policeman didn't want the attention.
The plane crash is the 26th in Utah in 2017. Ten people have died in the accidents.
The FAA and the National Safety Transportation Board are investigating.
Contributing: Nicole Vowell, Sean Moody, Dave Cawley