Witness says plane 'just nose-dived into the middle of the freeway'
@BobbyPalugaI've flown out of that airport many times on the
same runway. It looks like he was making a normal departure, turned north, and
then lost control. He was still in contact with Ogden Tower when it happened.
Apparently there is one pilot who saw everything from beginning to end.
Hopefully that will help sort things out. This sounds like mechanical failure
more than pilot error though.
I knew Layne. He was a good guy. Built a multi million dollar business with his
brother and wife. Sold it a few years ago to a conglomeration and made big bucks
and stayed on to run it. He was an awesome snowmobile rider and great Dad. But,
after losing his brother, 15 years ago, in an aviation crash, I never understood
why he kept flying light aircraft. He had enough cash to fly him, his family and
friends all over the world-first class. My condolences to his family, friends
and employees. He was one of the good guys.
How sad...we travel through there often and will see what is left on the road.
Their work is done here, now they in the arms of heavenly father. It is a shock
but somehow the kids will carry on, I am sure they were taught well by their
parents. Shows that anything can happen at anytime. They can RIP now.
I am curious about the eyewitness account that the plane flew straight down into
the ground. I have flown small planes and planes do not nose dive straight down
unless the pilot flies the plane in that direction. Maybe some part of the
aircraft disengaged ( aileron, which controls roll or banks) that disabled the
plane. This is very tragic for both families.
Just horrible for both families, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. Both
couples have 4 children. This is the 2nd son the Clarke family has lost in a
plane accident since 2000. Condolences to the families. This reminds one of the
terrible plane accident that killed Randy Wells and his two children back in
February. He too loved flying and planes.
It doesn't get much worse than this, two families devastated in a couple of
seconds. I know that all who loved these folks are going through a horrible and
painful period. I along with the vast majority of the readers wish we could help
in some way nobody deserves this. It seems as if a too large a number of Utah
connected folks have lost their lives in single engine private aircraft
accidents, I hope the cause can be found and other pilots advised. There
could be a number of reasons the aircraft stalled, the Bonanza is a little
tricky to fly. If I had to guess I'd look at fuel issues, switching tanks
problem etc. The Bonanza has earned the nickname "Fork Tailed Doctor
Killers" given it was a popular aircraft for physicians who happen to be
pilots. I've lost several friends who flew this model.