WEST JORDAN — A single-engine plane crashed near the South Valley Regional Airport Tuesday.
The fixed-wing single-engine Piper spun and skidded across the typically busy New Bingham Highway, said West Jordan police officer Scott List. But amazingly, no vehicles were hit and the pilot walked away uninjured, he said.
"It was just a matter of timing. We were lucky," List said.Comment on this story
Just after 10:30 a.m., the 42-year-old pilot was doing "touch-and-go" landings at the airport, 7365 S. Airport Road (4750 West). During one pass, the man felt his throttle was too high, so he aborted the landing, List said. But as he was pulling up, the plane's engine died, he said.
The aircraft dropped less than 100 feet and crashed on the north side of the New Bingham Highway, landing on its belly and ripping the axles off the plane, List said. The plane spun and skidded across four lanes of traffic and came to rest near a sidewalk on the south side of the road.
The highway was temporarily shut down as officials loaded the plane onto a flatbed trailer and hauled it back to the airport.