Pilot, dog killed as plane crashes near West Jordan elementary school

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Sept. 16, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    Looks like he spun in.

    There's no damage that I can see from any particular direction, ie, skid/crash marks or damage to the building, etc. Looks like got into a fairly flat spin and just pancaked it in real hard. Bummer.

    I've spun in planes before, probably a thousand times as an Air Force pilot, but only above 10,000 feet. To spin low, and know you have zero chance of getting out of the spin would be awful.

    Have to wait to see what the NTSB says about the crash.

    Sorry to hear about his death but glad no one else was hurt.

    To all the pilots out there, fly safe!

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Sept. 16, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    i looked at the photos to see where the plane got so much damage but i guess that the concrete and masonry work was so good it did not even accept scars---glad there was no fire---

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Sept. 16, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    the parachutes are not trouble free either---most pilots feel they can cope with whatever comes even when that feeling is ego talking---

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    They make parachutes for light aircraft. The system is (relatively) inexpensive and easily installed. Why all light planes don't come equipped with them I'll never know, it could save so many lives.

  • Redrider07 Kearns,UT, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    Sounds like he ran out of gas (no fire). Tried to make an approach to the ball field, got to low and tried to stretch his glide, stalled and did the ole' graveyard yard spiral. For a pilot not a bad way to go. I feel sorry for his family though, some little guy is asking when grandpa is coming. Dang.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Sept. 15, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    I'm sorry for the pilot's family.

    I was thinking, its a different world from when I grew up. When I was in third or fourth grade, there was a bomb threat (my elementary school was owned and operated by the university - it was during the end of the 60's and such was somewhat common - the threat was for an adjoining university building), anyway, to be on the safe side, much of campus, including our elementary school was evacuated.

    We all thought it was exciting. Got to go home early and embellish a great tale to anyone who would listen, though it didn't amount to anything. The following day, there were no sessions with counselors to deal with all the trauma. As far as I know, we all survived it just fine - especially mentally. We all looked forward to the next early dismissal. I wonder if we just don't deal with life when it isn't smooth sailing. Somehow we need to redevelop that skill.

    I am glad none of the children were hurt.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    The same thing happened in Kearns when I was in the fourth grade. There was a midair collision. They kept the kids in school until they could clean up the mess. I hope they did the same here.

  • justaguy Out There in, WI
    Sept. 15, 2011 3:26 p.m.


  • runwasatch Ogden, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    "near" West Jordan elementary?

    How much closer does it need to be to be considered in the school?