Student pilot, UVU instructor killed in plane crash near Payson school

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  • asithinkiam Locust Grove, GA
    Nov. 29, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    Thank you, MHill. I couldn't agree with you more. Jamie was my only sister and a fantastic pilot, as I'm sure Ben was. She simply would not have taken any chances or have become so frantic that she wouldn't have done everything possible to right that plane. She will be missed every second of every day.

  • MHill Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    Does anyone understand how hurtful it is when people make unsubstantiated commentary about shoulda, coulda, woulda? It's as if people want to blame the pilots.No one knows the total story. It only hurts the families when such speculative comments are made. NONE of the commentary made a year ago when Ben crashed was ultimately accurate. Seeing it posted only served to add to my heartache and grief. In Payson it was a female instructor and a male student. I attended both services and thank those who were supportive of the families.

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    Nov. 18, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    And this is why I teach my students to ALWAYS "max, relax and roll" in case they stall. It sounds like they lost the engine but had they not stalled the plane they likely could have survived the forced landing.

    My condolences to the family members and friends of the 2 men who have now passed to the other side of the veil.

    Till we meet again...

  • hapticz New York, NY
    Nov. 18, 2010 7:45 a.m.

    may these two brave people find peace with the maker. makes me feel so sad!

    let us hope this event is scrutinized by the FAA as closely as those monstrous disasters with larger crafts. no matter the cause, it is imperative that the truth be revealed as to the cause.

    living near a very small airport (KGON), i have seen numerous terrible events with similar tragic endings, and rarely ever hear of a final crash report by FAA placed into a local publication. i always have to hunt down the intial report, then dig for the final report in the FAA archives.

  • fanUVU Orem, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    Sincere condolences to the two families, and to the UVU aviation community. An incredible safety record has been broken.

  • Sarah B Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    How sad, but glad no one on the ground was injured. Condolences to MHill and those affected by today's tragedy.

  • MHill Provo, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Perhaps my previous comment was not accepted because I added my email address.

    As the mother of Benjamin Hill who was killed barely a year ago on October 21, 2009, my heart breaks for all those related to this tragedy. My most tender and sincere regards go to the families, friends, associates, pilots, first responders, students, anyone involved.

  • steveinspfork Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 5:44 p.m.

    As a UVU senior, my heart breaks for the student and instructor that lost their lives today. My condolences to their families, as well as the grieving UVU family today.

  • bingham1 South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    This story is partially inaccurate. Ben was a UVU instructor but was not flying a UVU aircraft when the plane malfunctioned and he went down.