Pilot injured in Spanish Fork place crash
A single-passenger plane crashed Friday afternoon in Spanish Fork on the roof of a Mountain Country Foods warehouse at 185 E. 1600 North. The only occupant of the plane was the pilot, a 77-year-old man, who was transported to the hospital with critical but not life-threatening injuries, according to city Public Information Officer Nick Porter.
City police and fire both responded to the scene and used a ladder-truck to reach the plane. The man was then taken via Life Flight helicopter to a local hospital. The cause of the crash is unknown and currently being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
According to Spanish Fork police Lt. Cory Slaymaker, the crash will be examined by the FAA before the plane can be removed from the roof.
“We’ve had a few accidents over the years, obviously nothing like this, though we’ve had where they crash into a building,” Slaymaker said. “The path that he was heading would have been back toward the airport. It is believed the pilot was heading back to the airport.”
The warehouse is within a quarter-mile of the airport.