After plane crashes into car in Roy, both pilot and driver miraculously survive

Tuesday , September 12, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

Editor’s note: Due to a reporter’s error, a previous version of this story misstated the ages of the pilot and driver involved in the crash. We apologize for the error.

ROY — After a single-engine plane crashed into a car in Roy, both the aircraft’s pilot and the vehicle’s driver have survived.

Roy Police Department Sgt. Matthew Gwynn said the plane crash was reported at around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, near 1900 W. 4650 South. It happened about 1 mile southwest of Ogden-Hinckley Airport, shortly after the plane took off.

PHOTOS: Single-engine plane crashes into car in Roy

The 63-year-old pilot and the vehicle’s 42-year-old driver were transported to an area hospital as a precaution, Gwynn said. Their names hadn’t been released as of about 4 p.m.

Terry Dahle, who saw the crash happen, said the plane came down in the middle of 4500 South. Its tail hit the ground then hit the 42-year-old driver’s black sedan, crushing the back of it.

Bystanders helped the pilot out of the aircraft, and he was walking around immediately after the crash, witnesses said. Just after he exited the plane, it burst into flames.

Terry Dahle said he saw those flames rising “10 to 20 feet in the air.”

One of those bystanders was an off-duty Ogden Police officer, according to a post on the Ogden Police Department’s Facebook page. The officer was driving in the area in his personal vehicle and helped escort the pilot to safety, the post said. 

The area of the crash is highly populated with homes, apartments and businesses. According to UDOT traffic statistics, about 23,000 vehicles travel on 1900 West daily near 4500 South.

“It’s an absolute miracle that nobody was killed,” Dahle said.

Jim and Diana Walker live just east of the crash site. They said they smelled something burning, initially thinking it was something from inside their house.

“We kind of followed the smell, and we saw this,” Jim Walker said, pointing to the wreckage. “It was really strong, overpowering.” 

The Roy City Fire Department is less than a mile from the crash site. Dahle said emergency crews arrived on scene immediately.

Based on an N-Number supplied by Eric McRae, a frontline manager for the FAA’s Airworthiness Unit in Salt Lake City, the plane is a Beech A24R single-engine plane. An FAA registry database shows the plane’s owners are based in Ogden.

As a result of the crash, 1900 West is closed between 4400 South and 4800 South, the Roy Police Department tweeted. UDOT tweeted that 4500 South is closed in all directions as well. The roads aren’t expected to be cleared until about 7:45 p.m., UDOT says.

As of about 2:40 p.m., information about what caused the plane crash was not available.

Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay said Roy High, Sand Ridge Junior High and North Park Elementary are near the crash site, but far enough away that they weren’t affected.

Findlay said parents attempting to pick up their children from school at the end of the day should have many routes to choose from if roads in the area are closed.

This is the second plane crash in Weber County in the past three months. On Wednesday, July 26, another single-engine plane crashed on Interstate 15 and killed all four passengers inside.

The Roy Police Department will work with the FAA and UDOT to determine who will take over the investigation into the crash. In addition to Roy police, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office and Roy Fire Department responded to the crash.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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