A flight instructor and student pilot walked away with only minor cuts and bruises after their plane crashed on a runway Thursday morning in Spanish Fork.
The Spanish Fork Police Department reported that the two men had barely taken off from the Spanish Fork airport at 8:30 a.m. when the plane unexpectedly veered to the right.
“The pilot attempted to right the plane but was unsuccessful and the plane crashed off the side of the runway, coming to a rest in a ditch,” a press release stated.
The 28-year-old pilot and 35-year-old student were able to escape the blue Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane on their own, officials reported. They suffered minor injuries including cuts and bruises.
The plane was being flown by the instructor and the student was riding as the passenger during the time of the crash.
Both men were transported to a local hospital. Officials are not releasing the names of the student or pilot at this time.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of the crash.