The two men in the airplane walked away without major injuries.
By Spencer Burt | Fox 13
SPANISH FORK, Utah — A small airplane made a crash landing Saturday afternoon in Spanish Fork, and both people on board escaped without any major injuries.
Officials with Spanish Fork City said the Piper Saratoga — a single-engine propeller plane — experienced an engine failure while approaching to land at the Spanish Fork Airport.
The pilot reportedly heard the engine sputtering before it failed. Officials said he made a mayday call and tried to land at the airport, but the aircraft didn’t have enough speed or altitude. He chose to make an emergency landing in a field in order to avoid I-15, a power substation, or any nearby buildings. In the process, the aircraft clipped a power line, landed and skidded across the field, continued over a small road, and came to a stop in the front yard of a house near 500 W. 1000 North.
There were two male occupants on board, and they both got themselves out and were able to walk away from the scene.
The plane is likely a total loss, which officials estimate at $350,000.
According to FlightAware, the aircraft took off from Spanish Fork at 1:52 p.m. It flew in a loop around the south and west ends of Utah Lake, then returned toward the airport before the emergency landing.
Nick Porter, a public information officer for the city, said the homeowner was inside at the time of the landing. He didn’t hear it, but his dogs did and began barking. He then went outside and was greeted by “a new piece of decor in their front yard.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the engine failure.